Two Chelsea fans attacked in Greece ahead of Europa League tie
By AP Sport
Last Updated: 20/09/18 3:03pm
Two Chelsea fans were injured in an attack by suspected local supporters ahead of their Europa League match against PAOK, Greek authorities have said.
Police said the English men were beaten by three assailants in central Thessaloniki shortly before dawn on Thursday, and declined to be taken to hospital after receiving first aid from ambulance crew.
The three assailants escaped and police said the Chelsea fans did not wish to press charges, after the West London club had advised fans not to attend the game following advice by Greek police.
A club statement said: "We are grateful to the Greek authorities for making us aware of their stipulations well in advance of the game but we strongly advise that this match will not be appropriate for all of our supporters to attend."
Supporters were also told not to travel to the match alone and instead use coaches from the city centre to and from Toumba Stadium.
Fans were also advised not to wear Chelsea colours at the airport, outside of the stadium or around the city of Thessaloniki.
The club asked supporters to "carefully consider" the advice before purchasing tickets to the match, which was made exempt from the UEFA away ticket scheme.
Subscribers are usually required to buy tickets to all away fixtures in order to remain part of the scheme.