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Match ban for 15 football hooligans

file photo Limassol court

A Limassol court on Monday banned 15 AEL FC fans, aged between 15 and 24, from their team’s football matches, after they were arrested on Sunday for trying forcibly to enter Tsirion Stadium without any tickets, during the AEL-Aris Limassol match.

The 15 fans, who were released on a €5,000 bail each, were also ordered by the court to present themselves at the Yermasoyia police station every time AEL is scheduled to play and remain there until the end of the match. The ban will remain in effect until the commencement of their trial, on November 16.

The head of Limassol police CID, Ioannis Soteriades, said that the 15 arrested were among a bigger group of AEL fans, around 30, who arrived by bus from Paphos.

The group, Soteriades said, walked “aggressively towards gate three, wearing hoods and scarves, while some of them were holding wooden sticks and demanded to enter the stadium without tickets, while pushing the stadium’s metal fences”.

Stadium security then closed all entrances and called the police, who arrested 15 of them. The arrested fans deny any involvement in the incident.

Soteriades said that police were showing zero tolerance when it comes to violence in football.

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