Tuesday’s Greek A1 League opening round game between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos was also going to be strange. Two of the biggest sides in Europe weren’t just playing early in the season, they were doing so in an empty house due to past crowd trouble. The derby of eternal enemies may not have had any fans in attendance but the SEF still had ample noise due to the PA. Watch the highlights and you’ll hear what I mean.

In a way it makes sense. The players are used to the PA blaring out their names whenever they score and music playing at the usual points in action. It just seems like the PA is talking to nobody, due to the whole empty arena. Normally the various tunes and rowdy calls from the announcer are done so with the fans in mind but with none there, he roared away anyway. Olympiacos won 55-45.

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