Bayern Munich’s U-19 team, led by Joshua Zirkzee was cruising to a decisive 4-0 victory behind a hat-trick by the young Dutchman when the unthinkable happened: according to Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, a gang of approximately 50 masked Olympiacos fans attacked the Bayern fan block with flares:
Spielabbruch b. #FCBU19 in Piräus => ALLE Hintergründe gleich @SPORT1! Beteiligter zu SPORT1: „Es war zwei Minuten wie im Krieg. Es war brutal.“ Spieler haben geheult. Ca. 50 vermummte Piräus-Ultras warfen Bengalos in die Gruppe der Bayern-Fans. Verletzte. Krankenwagen. #FCB— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) October 22, 2019
#FCBU19 game called off in Piraeus => all the background information soon at @Sport1! A person involved to Sport1: “It was like war for two minutes. It was brutal.” Players cried. Ca. 50 masked Piraeus ultras threw flares in the group of Bayern fans. Injured people. Ambulances. #FCB
(2) Die Ultras von @olympiacosfc gingen an den Trainern vorbei. Stürmten dann zu den FCB-Fans, warfen auch Wurfgeschosse in die Masse. Dann Massen-Schlägerei. Im Bayern-Block waren auch Kinder. Spieler waren wohl immer sicher. Als die Polizei kam, waren die Ultras weg. @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) October 22, 2019
(2) The ultras of @olympiacosfc went past the coaches. Then stormed the FCB fans, also threw missiles into the crowd. Then a mass brawl. Children were present in the Bayern block. The players were probably always safe. When the police arrived, the ultras were gone. @Sport1
Bild has just published more details of the attack on the Bayern fans present at Olympiacos’ training grounds for the U-19 game:
With the score 4-0 in favor of Bayern Munich, 40-45 masked hooligans, apparently from the Olympiacos’ ultra scene, stormed the training grounds. Some of the hooligans wore motorcycle helmets and directly attacked the Bayern block, armed with clubs, threw flares and other objects, and tried to steal as many banners as possible from the block. Five Bayern fans were injured and had to be brought to the hospital.
A few images from the match have appeared on social media:
The game was interrupted for about half an hour, but FIFA ruled that it should continue. The players on both teams simply passed the ball back and forth until the time expired.
Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Trainer der Olympiakos-Jugend hat sich für die Ausschreitungen entschuldigt. „Ich bin sprachlos. Das ist nicht Olympiakos. Dafür stehen wir nicht. Das Verhalten meiner Jungs war großartig. Doch das ist mein schlimmster Moment als Trainer." @SPORT1 #OLYFCB— Stefan Kumberger (@__Kumbi__) October 22, 2019
Olympiacos’ youth coach Dimitris Mavrogenidis spoke after the shocking incident:
I’m at a loss for words. That is not Olympiacos. We don’t stand for that. The behavior of my boys was outstanding. But this is my worst moment as a coach.
We will update this story as we hear more from Greece.