Cyprus Mail

Second football fan processed under new rules

By Constantinos Psillides

A 27-year old man from Paphos was arrested after he was found in an intoxicated state outside the GSP stadium in Nicosia.

The 27-year-old appeared before the Nicosia District Court on Friday. He had to post €1,000 in bail and hand over all his travel documents. He is also required to appear at a police station every time his team plays a match and stay there for the duration of the game, until the day of his hearing. He is due to appear before court again on September 15.

According to the police report, the man was a passenger in a car that was reported for public disturbance. Police stopped the vehicle and ask the 27-year-old to take an alcohol-test which came back with almost three times the legal limit. According to the report, “the man was in an obvious state of inebriation.”

This marks the second case when a fan has been processed under the controversial football hooligan law after police arrested a 31-year-old from Limassol on August 25 when he tried to gain access to a football match without purchasing a ticket.

The new legislation was voted earlier in the month, under heavy opposition from AKEL who protested that the new laws were draconian in nature. AKEL specifically protested against the ‘fan card’, an identification that all sports fan must register for if they wish to buy tickets for any sporting event. AKEL claimed that the fan card is a way for police to keep tabs on football supporters. Organised fan clubs also protested against the new legislation.

The fan card is scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2015. Anyone not registered as a fan will not be able to buy tickets for any sporting event.

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