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Shameful Panathinaikos fans spit and throw liquid at Villarreal fans, including children and families

Away fans spat at children and families below

Villarreal CF v Panathinaikos FC: Group F - UEFA Europa League 2023/24
There were shameful scenes on Thursday night
Photo by Aitor Alcalde - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Panathinaikos fans disgraced themselves on Thursday night during their side’s Europa League clash with Villarreal.

Villarreal knocked the Greek side out of the Europa League, securing their own progression in the process, but many fans in the Fondo Norte - or North End - missed parts of the game due to the appalling behaviour of the travelling supporters above them.

Villarreal had a screen in front of the away end for many years, but after many complaints of away fans - who pay significant amounts to travel - not being able to see the game properly, the screen was rightly removed.

But on Thursday night, travelling Panathinaikos fans behaved in a way that could force the Yellows into reconsidering their decision to move said screen.

The travelling supporters ripped open the net that surrounds the upper-tier away end after Villarreal’s first goal and began spitting and throwing liquid on to the home supporters below.

The stand is largely made up of families, and young children were seen hiding scared with their parents, with many fans forced to move seats to avoid the spit and other liquid raining down from the stand above.

Officials closed the net with cable ties at half-time in a bid to get to grips with the situation, but the net was reopened in the second half, and the foul behaviour continued.

It’s unacceptable for such behaviour to be taking place at football games, and especially ones operated by UEFA.