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25 Aug 2020 | 06:53 PM UTC

Greece: Security heightened in Thessaloniki ahead of Champions League game August 25

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Security heightened in Thessaloniki ahead of Champions League game on August 25; avoid crowded areas

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/27/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Athens). COUNTRY/REGION Thessaloniki


Greek authorities announced that a heightened security presence has been deployed in Thessaloniki for the football game between PAOK and Turkey's Besiktas team on Tuesday, August 25 for the Champions League qualifiers. The match comes amidst heightened tensions between the two countries in the Aegean Sea, as Turkish drilling ships have been drilling for natural gas inside Greece's continental shelf. The additional security measures are in place as Greek authorities fear provocations from both sides. Additionally, police units will be in and around the Toumba stadium before and after the match, making sure fans will not be able to congregate in the area during the game.

An increased security presence, road closures, and other restrictions are anticipated around the stadium and around all associated venues and events.


Individuals in the Thessaloniki, particularly near the Toumba Stadium, are advised to anticipate crowded conditions, traffic disruptions, a heightened security presence, and to follow all instructions issued by local authorities.


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