THESSALONIKI: Celebrity lawyer to represent murdered 19-year-old Aris soccer fan, free of charge

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Following the murder of a 19-year-old man by rival football fans early on Tuesday morning in Thessaloniki, Greek celebrity lawyer Alexis Kougias has revealed he had been contacted by Aris football club to represent the family of the young Aris fan at court, at their expense.

In a statement Kougias said that he would not accept any legal fees to represent the family against the nearly 10 defendants who were PAOK fans, but would do it gratis.

The attack occurred when the perpetrators accosted the young man and two of his friends and demanded to know which club they supported. When they found out they were Aris fans they brutally attacked them, injuring two of them and killing the 19-year-old by stabbing him with a blunt instrument.

The case has shocked Greece and led to strong public condemnation including by the prime minister, who asked the Citizen Protection Ministry to prioritize the crime's investigation.