PAOK supporters march in protest of punishment for fan violence

THESSALONIKI, Greece -- About 3,000 PAOK supporters marched peacefully through Thessaloniki on Thursday to protest against the Greek title contender's punishment for fan violence.

The supporters chanted slogans against Athens-based teams in the march organised by the Thessaloniki club.

On Monday, a sports court deducted three points from PAOK and ordered their next two home games to be played behind closed doors after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was hit in the face by a roll of paper thrown from the stands in a match on Feb. 25.

The court awarded Olympiakos victory but PAOK will appeal against Monday's ruling on Friday.

AEK Athens are top of the league with 54 points, followed by PAOK on 52 and Piraeus-based Olympiakos on 47.