A soccer fan who was hospitalized after crowd trouble in Crete earlier this month died on Sept. 29th and three men have been charged with attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm.
Costas Katsoulis, 47, was taken to the hospital in Iraklio after fighting broke out in the stands at a third division game between local side Irodotos and Ethnikos of Piraeus.
Katsoulis, an Ethnikos supporter, was initially diagnosed as suffering a brain hemorrhage after suffering an aneurism. A four suspect has been released on bail.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports announced that all team sports scheduled to take place over the weekend of Oct. 4-5 were being suspended as a sign of respect.
This will affect the Super League and third division matches in soccer, the basketball cup, the A1 division in men’s handball and the League Cup in men’s volleyball.
The 46-year-old Ethnikos fan was repeatedly hit on the head as home fans attacked the visiting supporters during the match between Irodotos and Ethnikos at Nea Alikarnassos, in Crete, two weeks ago.
Originally pronounced clinically dead and later ascertained to be in a coma, Katsoulis was taken from Crete to the 401 military hospital in Athens in an effort to keep him alive.