Olympiakos punished for home crowd trouble

ZORAN MILOSAVLJEVIC
Last updated 02:48 05/12/2013

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Holders Olympiakos Piraeus have been ordered to play their next Euroleague basketball home game behind closed doors following crowd trouble in their 72-54 win over Turkish rivals Galatasaray.

Olympiakos pair Mirza Begic and Georgios Printezis were also banned for four and three games respectively after brawling with Galatasaray's British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu who was handed a three-game suspension.

In addition, Olympiakos and the three players were fined after the incident in the closing stages prompted violence in the Peace and Friendship Arena as fans lit flares and pelted players with missiles.

"The suspensions mean all three players will miss the rest of the regular season while Begic will also miss the first game of the Top 16 for which Olympiakos have already qualified," Euroleague said on its website.

The champions, who won Europe's premier club competition last season and in 2012, will serve their ban against Italians Montepaschi Siena on December 12 after they have visited Bayern Munich this week.

The 24-team league ends with the May 16-18 Final Four in Milan.

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- Reuters

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