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[Albion] AEK Athens FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion *** Official Match Thread ***



Willie

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Sep 3, 2023
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100% drifted in from the outside. Was one of the Block 8 Albion fans who hung around after FT for a bit before trying to leave.

Could see outside in a gap from midway up the concourse that riot police were having bottles etc chucked at them by the Ultras in an area near the away end. Heard massive bangs let off then next thing we knew the Tear Gas affects hit us.

Legged it back out into the stands to get away from where the gas was. After that could see it had wafted into the away end by the reactions from everyone. My group all managed to make it into the away end after that and safely out on the buses. Hope everyone else reading this from Block 8 also got back okay.
We were in block 8, along with approximately 30/40 others. It was an incredible, if slightly intimidating atmosphere. It would have been fine but there were a few idiotic/naive/p1ssed/unempathetic Brighton fans you obliviously cheered and chanted much to the increasing anger from the many AEK fans. I really can't understand why you would take such time and effort and spend so much money to attend such a momentous and memorable match just to turn up so intoxicated that you had no idea what you were doing. One (Brighton) lady who sat near us could easily have ended up in hospital when she stumbled down the steps, but luckily she saved herself so she could spend the majority of the match checking out Facebook/Instagram...... Honestly!

We had a chat to a very friendly AEK fan after the game and exited the stadium 5 minutes after the whistle, put our heads down and left the immediate area to get an Uber.


On an aside, Fatboy was rocking, haven't jumped about so much in years (many years) and great to see Mr Bloom joining in the celebrations, I doff my hat to you sir, time to liquidate assets for January I'm afraid.

Fantastic experience, Athens surpassed any expectations.
 


trueblue

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Jul 5, 2003
10,263
Hove
In Bay 47, lower level, there were a lot of very angry AEK fans trying to get through the screens. Maybe 100-150? Hard to say as I don’t know how many were serious and how many hangers-on. I’ll look at the video I shot and post something more tomorrow. Important note — there were quite a few idiotic Brighton fans too who didn’t help matters.
Glad you mentioned that too. You’ve got stewards trying to calm things down and probably a dozen idiots giving it back and thinking they’re heroes. Very lucky the police turned the other cheek. If they come in to get them, as arguably they should, the whole dynamic can turn and get very ugly for everyone. We’ve seen it happen to other clubs enough times. When there are thousands of people clamouring for these tickets, I’ve got no tolerance for anyone whose instinct is to try to cause or encourage trouble. Won’t be a popular view here but there are at least 3 who don’t deserve to go in future. Let someone else. Overall, thought our fans’ reaction was bloody magnificent.
 

dazzer6666

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Mar 27, 2013
51,561
Burgess Hill
Stewarding on their side of the barriers in the upper tier was way too lax - could have stopped the handful of idiots (on both sides) giving it the biggun (from the safety of a big thick screen obviously) simply by clearing their lot out, but they took far too long, allowed them to lean round and try to throw a few punches and lob a few bottles. Went on for ages. As @trueblue says we’ll have a handful more banned I suspect but in the main compared to their lot we were angels. The tear gas was unfortunate - it was fired at their fans just outside the ground (according to a copper I spoke to), we just got the fumes after a few minutes as they blew back through the home concourse and into the stadium bowl (could clearly see the smoke coming out of the stairwell at the far end of the ground). My cunning plan to have a hotel within walking distance failed miserably post-match - had to get the shuttle bus into the city due the ongoing riot outside (well organised but took a very long route) and then a metro back out to the hotel :lol:

Had enough games where we’ve played well and not won, so getting one where we won but played mostly poorly - I’ll take that. Great couple days, wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

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Driver8

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Jul 31, 2005
15,921
North Wales
Yep, copper told me it was just outside but blew back in. Heard about 6 in total.
I was in the lower tier concourse when it went off and the air was thick with it. I can still taste it this morning. I can’t believe that just blew in from outside, they must have fired it in the concourse somewhere.
 

dazzer6666

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Mar 27, 2013
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Burgess Hill
I was in the lower tier concourse when it went off and the air was thick with it. I can still taste it this morning. I can’t believe that just blew in from outside, they must have fired it in the concourse somewhere.
I thought the same - wonder whether the first couple were inside (copper in our stand may have been guessing). The riot police were about to go down the stairwell but after the first couple of bangs they moved away from it, and a couple of staff came up the stairs into the stand covering their faces…….the later ones were def outside, heard them when we were going down the stairs to the buses.
 


studio150

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Jul 30, 2011
29,481
On the Border
Glad you mentioned that too. You’ve got stewards trying to calm things down and probably a dozen idiots giving it back and thinking they’re heroes. Very lucky the police turned the other cheek. If they come in to get them, as arguably they should, the whole dynamic can turn and get very ugly for everyone. We’ve seen it happen to other clubs enough times. When there are thousands of people clamouring for these tickets, I’ve got no tolerance for anyone whose instinct is to try to cause or encourage trouble. Won’t be a popular view here but there are at least 3 who don’t deserve to go in future. Let someone else. Overall, thought our fans’ reaction was bloody magnificent.
The usual problem, if everyone had ignored the AEK fans beating on the dividing screens and gesturing, they would have soon got bored and left the ground.
Unfortunately common sense is lacking in a few.

At least this time when we scored the drink wasn't flying everywhere, so one step forward.
 

Man of Harveys

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Jul 9, 2003
18,720
Brighton, UK
Unpleasant though it was - I’m still coughing this morning - can’t deny that getting tear-gassed in Europe is obviously a pretty big badge of honour for even the biggest of wusses like me. I’m well up for a t shirt saying “Athens was a gas”.
 


Stat Brother

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Jul 11, 2003
73,106
West west west Sussex
And finally.

Through the passport control booth staffed by a plus size Sandra Bullock.

My god Athens I might have only been here for 19 hours but wowsers what a magnificent time.

Thank you.
 

Bozza

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Jul 4, 2003
55,394
Back in Sussex
Am I the only one who thought the shirts looked far too short?
I thought exactly the same when Dunk was going through formalities before kick-off.

His shirt was gaping and billowing at the back - it just didn't fit him properly at all
 


ROSM

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Dec 26, 2005
6,122
Just far enough away from LDC
I thought exactly the same when Dunk was going through formalities before kick-off.

His shirt was gaping and billowing at the back - it just didn't fit him properly at all
At least the replicas are the same then. They are kind of square and players looked quite 'squat' in them last night..shorter and wider
 

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