Do I have to carry an ID Card on me/with me? Is there an obligation to carry a form of ID? If I don’t what are the consequences?


In order to travel to Greece (as an EU citizen) you need either a passport or a valid ID. If you´re not able to show any of these at the border you  won’t be let into the country.



Is the usage or possession of pyrotechnics legal inside and/or outside the stadia?


Pyrotechnics are strictly forbidden, in- and outside the grounds. A violation could lead to arrest due to an infringement of the pyrotechnic- and weapon law.



What happens in case I’m arrested? For how long can you be held at the police station/in prison at maximum? Which personal details or information am I obliged to give? Am I allowed to make a call? Am I allowed to contact a lawyer immediately? If i don´t have one in the country, will i be provided with one?


Usually you can be held from the time of your arrest until next midday. Afterwards you´ll be brought to a custodial judge, who brings up the charges. If no charges are brought up or the suspect is at the station for „identification reasons“, you should demand a lawyer immediately. The imprisoned person has the right to demand a lawyer and to give him a call.


Until the lawyer shows up he has also the right to remain silent until he had a chance to speak to his lawyer. YOU SHOULD DEMAND A LAWYER IN ANY CASE. The state only provides a lawyer at the questioning at court, but not before.



What are the regulations about buying/selling tickets on the “black market”?


Selling and buying tickets on the „black market“ is strictly forbidden. The offender could get up to 5 years in prison for breaching the “counterfeit rule“. (Greek criminal code)



What different kind of police units are there in Greece? What are their areas of responsibility?

Is there any special football police unit?


There are different police units. Most important ones are the MAT with special equipment, who are intervening during troubles and the “normal” police forces. Normally their responsibility lies only outside the grounds, but in case of trouble also inside of the grounds. Furthermore there´s also a special unit “unit against sports violence”, which has no special uniforms, is coming to the grounds in civil clothing and hard to identify.



What about the consumption of alcohol inside stadia or in public? If it is not allowed and you’re caught drinking, what can happen?


Alcohol is strictly forbidden inside grounds. If you´re caught drinking you could face a stadium ban by the police in cooperation with the club.




Who issues stadium banning orders in Greece and on the basis of which (legal or regulatory) framework are they issued and by whom?


Responsible for stadium bans are the Greek courts and the respective football club. The regulations are inhabited in the Greek criminal code about sport events. A stadium ban is valid if a court rules that the suspect did something against the law and the ban has a certain length which also the court will decide on. The football clubs only have the right to prevent people from watching the game, who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.




(incl. intl. dial code):

Ambulance: ++ 30 166

Police: ++ 30 100

Fire service: ++ 30 199


This legal advice was put together with the help of our European network of fan lawyers. In case you require legal assistance in Greece, the members of our fan lawyer network are happy to help:

Name: Aristidis Panagiotidis

Office address: Fragkon 1, 54621 Thessaloniki

Tel. 00306939500300
e-mail: panari1@hotmail.com or panari1@yahoo.gr


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