A Larnaca court has banned a 20-year-old football fan from entering stadiums until October, after he was arrested for trying to smuggle flares into a game last week.
The Limassol man was arrested on Thursday night while trying to sneak flares into the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium in Larnaca, which was hosting a Europa League football match.
The suspect was arrested after he was spotted through surveillance cameras trying to sneak a backpack with 63 flares into the stadium where the match between Limassol’s Apollon and Azebaijani side Qabala was to take place.
The 20-year-old was trying to pull the backpack inside the stadium but it got caught on a pole.
Police recovered the bag and managed to identify and locate the suspect through the security cameras. He was arrested immediately after the end of the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.