Nothing changes in Greek football. Olympiacos, easily on its way to their 44th league title and 18th in 20 years, beat PAOK in the infamous Toumba stadium 2-1, but not before a controversial red card to a PAOK player instead of the Olympiacos goalkeeper ignited things in the stands.
Into the 89th minute, the defending and pretty much eternal champions were in the lead thanks to Esteban Cambiasso and David Fuster, overturning the opener from Robert Mak. The same Mak, a Slovakian striker, was tripped on the edge of the box by goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino.
Instead of a red card to Kapino, the referee booked Mak for diving, and being a second yellow card, he was sent off.
The home fans had enough, and began an incredible performance of flares and fireworks from the stands, resulting in the match being abandoned while the PAOK players and staff were still in bewilderment at how their player was the one sent off.
The Greek Super League has been plagued with corruption for years, and although there’s no proof this match had anything to do with match fixing, cheating or the problems in Greek football, it feels a little bit off to say the least.