Athens: A 46-year-old Greek football fan was fighting for his life on Sunday after being attacked at a violence-plagued third division match in Crete.
The unnamed supporter of Piraeus team Ethnikos was attacked along with other fans by about 30 Irodotos followers in the 75th minute of the match played in Herakleon.
The referee stopped the game for 20 minutes until calm prevailed and eventually Irodotos won 1-0.
"The mindless violence has unfortunately returned to the pitch after a long absence, resulting in a very serious injury to a 46-year-old man who is fighting for his life in a Herakleon hospital," said the Greek football federation.
The Venizelion Hospital on the island of Crete announced that the injured supporter is to be flown to Athens for further treatment.
"The Ethnikos fan went to the match to see his team play but was brutally attacked by thugs. The federation expresses sadness and outrage for the injury of the supporter," added the Greek federation statement.
"We need to make it absolutely clear that justice will fall heavily and relentlessly on those responsible. Football is life and not death and the federation will protect it in every way."
Herakleon police announced that a 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack.