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Monday, May 27

Brawl in Prenzlauer Berg: Basketball fans fight in the streets

Hundreds of basketball fans were involved in a mass brawl on Saturday night before Panathinaikos Athens lifted the Euroleague trophy.

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Monday, May 27

Mass brawl in Prenzlauer Berg: Rival Basketball fans attack each other before Euroleague finals

The brawl began at around 22:45 on Saturday night at Prenzlauer Allee S-Bahn station, as fans of two rival Greek basketball clubs met and attacked each other. When the first emergency services arrived a short while later, there were already several men covered in blood. There may have been as many as 200 basketball fans who were involved in the street fighting, with witnesses reporting masked men running towards each other armed with baseball bats, telescopic batons, belts and stones. Bloodstains were found across the entire platform, along with shards of broken glass. Eleven people were injured, and one was taken to hospital immediately.

Nor was this the only incident. At around 11pm, there was another fight on Ohmstraße in Spandau, where 80 supporters armed with wooden clubs and fireworks attempted to raid a hotel where rival fans were staying.

The cause of all this mayhem were the finals of the Basketball Euroleague being played out at at the Über arena in Friedrichshain, which saw the two Greek clubs involved among the final four (Fenerbahce Istanbul, Olympiakos Piraeus, Panathinaikos Athens and Real Madrid). On Sunday night, Panathinaikos won the competition, beating Real Madrid 95:80.