Greek fans duke it out at Hagia Sophia Square over the weekend
Fans still tried to visit the museum afterward, but were stopped by the police. DHA PhotoFans of Greek teams Panathinaikos and Olympiacos clashed at the Hagia Sophia Square as the teams battled it out in Final Four basketball games over the weekend, daily Vatan reported.
Groups of fans encountered each other in the line to enter the Hagia Sophia museum. Verbal confrontations and taunting soon turned into a violent confrontation. An Olympiacos fan was wounded during the fights.
Security officials intervened immediately and dispersed the fight. Panathinaikos fans then attacked members of the press who were filming at the scene.
Fans still tried to visit the museum afterward, but were stopped by the police.
Meanwhile Panathinaikos fans also clashed with Galatasaray fans ahead of the derby final on Saturday, May 12.
The two sides crossed paths on İstiklal Avenue in Istanbul as Galatasaray fans were gathering before the match. Violence erupted soon after as fans hurled chairs and used sticks to fight. An unknown number of fans were wounded during the clashes.
Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd.