All levels of Greek society have suffered dramatically over the past few years with the 2008 economic crisis ravaging the proud nation – football has taken a particularly big hit.
Riots, crowd trouble and corruption are just a few of the problems the country’s footballing pyramid has had to face recently – with violence even more prevalent in the lower leagues.
A match between Coronis and INKA in Chania, Crete, encapsulated this growing trend of violence in one moment of complete madness.
Overcome with fury at the referee’s decision to give a penalty, one particularly perturbed Coronis defender marched over and appeared to push the official – Di Canio-esque - before slapping him in the face for good measure.
Fearing for his safety
Incredibly, the player then proceeded to continue threatening the visibly shaken referee before, fearing for his safety, he managed to retreat to the changing room where he called the police to report the assault.
Amid the mayhem the disturbed defender then rushed off, panic-stricken, after hearing the police were on their way.
In a desperate bid to avoid capture, the player hastily retreated up into the surrounding hills just as the police arrived.
This incident is unfortunately a sad indictment of the troublesome state of football in Greece at the moment.