April 16, 2007 / 5:27 PM / 12 years ago

Soccer-Roundup-3-Greek police investigate lower league riots

LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) - Soccer news in brief from around the world:

* Greek police are investigating two riots at lower league football matches on Sunday, the day the government’s 15-day ban on team sports ended.

A third division match between Panetolikos and Ilioupolis in Agrinio was interrupted for half an hour when players and fans clashed after Panetolikos had a goal disallowed. Two players and a coach had to go to hospital. The game ended 2-2.

Police are investigating whether there were enough police on duty and if they carried out their duties effectively.

Kallithea’s 4-2 win over Messiniakos in the second division was also overshadowed by an incident at the end of the game when about 50 fans attacked Messiniakos coach Eduardo Amorin and several of his coaching staff.

The ban on team sports followed the murder of a Panathinaikos volleyball supporter at the end of March.

* Croatian Football Association president Vlatko Markovic said his country’s joint bid to host the 2012 European Championships with Hungary is the best.

Italy and a joint bid from Poland and Ukraine are also in the running with European soccer’s governing body UEFA to announce its decision in Cardiff on Wednesday.

“I’m absolutely calm because I know our bid is the best. That’s what I was also told from within UEFA circles. However, there remains a bit of scepticism as I have experience from the time when I was bound to become an UEFA Executive Board member,” he told the wide-selling Vecernji List daily.

“I was told that virtually everyone was backing me but eventually I failed to win the position,” he said.

* Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean full back Lee Young-Pyo will be out of action for two to three months with a torn knee ligament, the Premier League club said.

Lee injured his left knee in the first leg of the UEFA Cup quarter-final against Sevilla on April 5 and was due to have surgery. “He will be out for the rest of the season and a big part of May and June as well,” manager Martin Jol said.

“Hopefully he’ll be back in July for our pre-season preparations.”

* Werder Bremen’s Germany midfielder Tim Borowski reinjured his left knee in their 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Sunday and will be out for an indefinite period, the club said.

“I’m shocked because I had a good feeling that it would hold after the (AZ) Alkmaar match,” he said, referring to his comeback after a six-week injury break in Werder’s victory in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals last week.

Werder are in second place in the Bundesliga, two points behind Schalke 04 with five matches left.

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