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Omonia fans clash with police ahead of Cup final, woman arrested (2nd update)

Omonoia fans set fire to tyres in front of their club house in Pallouriotissa (Photo: Omonoianews.com)

FANS of Omonia football club brawled with members of riot squad MMAD on Wednesday afternoon, after setting fire to tyres outside their fan club in Pallouriotissa, Nicosia, and obstructing the Fire Service from putting it out.

A 30-year-old woman was arrested, police said after the incident sparked off at around 2pm when fans decided to set fire to a number of tyres they brought outside the fan club.

Responding to the burning tyres in the street outside the fan club, which caused thick black smoke to billow near the city centre, the Fire Service dispatched a fire engine to the site but the firemen were denied access by about 400 fans.

As a result, MMAD was called in to restore order, but their arrival was met with the eruption of violence when fans threw rocks at them and they responded with tear gas.

Five members of the riot squad were injured and sent to Nicosia general hospital where they were treated and released.

Reports also mentioned an attack by enraged fans on a cameraman recording the unfolding events.

A police vehicle sustained damage as did a number of other cars parked in the area.

Windows in a nearby building were also smashed.

The fans were gathered at the fan club ahead of the Cypriot Cup final game on Wednesday afternoon, which the Nicosia side eventually lost to Limassol’s Apollon 2-1.

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