By Constantinos Psillides
Eleven people from Nicosia were remanded for three days on Saturday by the Limassol court after the Omonia- Anorthosis volleyball match on Friday turned violent.
The match was held in Limassol but only Anorthosis fans were allowed by authorities to attend. Twenty-seven Omonia fans were also given a pass. According to the police, the fans on each side began cursing at each other and after the game ended a glass panel over the Omonia fans was shattered by what was believed to be a rock thrown at them.
Police said the fans then clashed with each other and someone opened a door on the west side of the court from where approximately 100 hooligans wearing bicycle helmets and hoods came flooding in, brandishing sticks, iron bars and throwing flares.
Police tried to disperse the hooligans, who started throwing rocks at officers and damaging cars in the parking lot. Police reinforcements arrived and 11 people were arrested. One of the suspects had 2.5 grammes of cannabis in his possession, police said. After searching his home later, police said they found eight more grammes.
Anorthosis won the game, 3-1 set.