Early that morning, during the security meeting, everybody understood that the new Sports Law will be strictly observed if anything happens. Indeed, vice president of Olympiakos Savvas Theodoridis had published recent Kontonis' statements and asked for this.
At a detail unrelated to derby's postponement, the two teams were negative to scheduled one-minute's silence for the 130 victims of France, claiming that this should have also happening at terrorist attacks to non-european countries. However, the one-minute silence was decided and would have practiced before the game's start.
When Olympiakos arrived at the stadium, Savvas Theodoridis asked the 4th referee Michalis Koukoulakis to accompany the team into the field. At this moment, fans dropped the firecrackers which hit Alfred Finnbogason, but Koukoulakis did not see this incident.
Theodoridis and the team returned to locker rooms and refuse to come out again, stating that they will not play in a jungle atmosphere. The four referees found out, watching the athletic sites, that a firecracker had indeed hit Finnbogason. Afterwards, the lineman Dimitris Tatsis was heard shouting that the match should not start.
Referee Andreas Pappas was searching the Internet for the new Sports Law, in order to postpone the game or not, but there was not prediction of firecracker's direct drop before the beginning. Panathinaikos was represented by Takis Fyssas and Stratos Siopilis, who pointed this out, and the stressed referee asked for some more time to perused it.
During this time everything was calm inside the field, but Olympiakos refused again to come out. At this time, riots started at Gate 11, with Koukoulakis writing them down, while the police informed that an officer had been injured outside. Theodoridis kept insisting that Finnbogason is injured and his team will not play, while Panathinaikos was trying to prove that control the situation and the game can start. His officials had no contact with Deputy Minister Kontonis, in contrary with Olympiakos' Vrentzos and Marinakis.
At 19.00, Sports Attorney Konstantinos Simitzoglou proposed to start the game and postpone it at the first violent incident. Everyone was worried of what would have happened after an official postponement's announcement. The doctors who examined Finnbogason found just a little red mark at his leg and manager Marco Silva had to ask everyone but the team to leave the locker rooms, because of the great heat created again by Theodoridis continuous yells.
Referee Observer Dimitris Groutsis spoke with Pappas on the phone and advised him to postpone the match, although his one and only job at the stadium was to rate referee's performance. Olympiakos-friendly Security Manager of HFF Thanasis Boutziolis was also cruising at Leoforos corridors.
After 20.00, Pappas finally took the decision he was already ready to take after the first firecracker dropped. He called the club's officials and announced it, with Panathinaikos people stating that this could be dangerous. Referee's and Observer's reports are extremely incriminating for the home team, but Committee against Violence presidents' reports will also be considered. Nikolaos Damaskopoulos and Zisis Bellos wrote down everything about the firecrackers and what followed the official announcement, but also believe that the referee's decision to postpone the match although the fans had returned to a peaceful condition, led to the serious riots...