PAO fan behavior questioned after CSKA-Panathinaikos match

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A week ago, CSKA Moscow was the visiting team and pulled out a win over Panathinaikos 69-63. CSKA Moscow ended the group in first place, but didn’t come out of the game unscathed… and not from PAO, but their supporters.

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As you may know, European fans are a lot more rowdy – creating a much more dangerous environment, and has a reputation of being a lot more overtly racist than their American counterparts.

CSKA experienced a little bit of everything including objects being hurled at them, being spit upon, threatened and a huge inflated banana was brought to allegedly insult the black players on the team.

CSKA actually went as far as to release an official statement about the treatment they received on April 04, 2014:

Throughout the day European media are publishing the stories concerning the events during recent Panathinaikos – CSKA game in the Top 16, including the interpretation of our club’s appeal to Euroleague. In the view of the situation we consider necessary to report the facts mentioned in the letter:

– different objects, including plastic bottles with water, cups with drinks, cigarette butts, lighters, coins, etc were thrown into CSKA bench area;

– the fans were spitting onto CSKA President Andrey Vatutin and Vice-President Natalia Furaeva throughout the whole game;

– the fans possessed and actively waved huge inflated banana behind the CSKA bench which is considered the racist action for all the European sports events;

– the siren sounded through the arena sound system during CSKA offensive possessions in the fourth quarter;

– CSKA fans were provoked and threatened several times, leading to the requests from our club’s representatives to provide additional security and evacuation from the arena by the team’s bus;

– the fans were smoking inside the gym.

Read the entire statement here.  CSKA Moscow was led  by Viktor Khryapa with 13 points and 11 from Sasha Kaun.  Michael Bramos paced PAO with 18 points.

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