May 18, 2024

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The European Union's response to the events in Bruges

The European Union's response to the events in Bruges

UEFA has responded to a letter from the mayor of Thessaloniki, Stelios Angeloudis, regarding police behavior towards PAOK fans in Bruges.

Mayor of Thessaloniki, Stelios AngeloudisHe sent a letter to UEFA about what happened to the police and PAOK fans ahead of their Europa League quarter-final match with Club Brugge.

UEFA responded by confirming an investigation into the fans' complaints and said it was “in close contact with both clubs” regarding the Toumba match.

UEFA responded

Dear Mr. Angeloudis,

Thank you for your letter to our President, of which we have been fully informed. The safety and protection of all those attending UEFA matches are of the utmost importance. Please note that following the 2023/2024 Europa League quarter-final match between Club Brugge and PAIK PAOK, which took place on 11 April 2024 in Brugge, an ethics inspector was appointed by UEFA to conduct a comprehensive investigation into incidents related to the match.

Since the second race of this series will take place this week in Thessaloniki, we take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support and ensure that all necessary measures are taken to ensure that the race can be held safely for everyone.

The UEFA administration is in close contact with the two clubs to emphasize the importance of close cooperation, timely exchange of information and the implementation of all necessary measures stipulated in the UEFA regulatory framework.

In appreciation of your valuable commitment, we believe the second match this week will be a celebration of football.

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Sincerely, Giorgio Marchetti, Deputy Secretary-General.