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Three hooligans barred from stadium following crowd trouble

Three people, aged 28,39 and 44, who were arrested on Sunday after crowd trouble broke out before the start of a football derby at Nicosia’s GSP stadium, were temporarily barred on Monday from stadiums when their team is playing matches.

According to a police announcement, at about 3.40 on Sunday afternoon, 20 minutes before the start of the match between Apoel and AEK, around 100 AEK fans, who were waiting to enter the stadium, attacked officials monitoring fans’ entrance. 

The fracas was broken up by members of the anti-riot police who arrested two of the men, the 28 and 44-year-old, on charges of rioting and attacking the officials.

After watching closed-circuit TV footage, police arrested a third suspect, the 39-year-old from Larnaca.

The three were brought before court on Monday, which ordered  their temporary ban from sports stadiums during the dates and times when AEK, the football club they support, will be playing matches. Instead, they are to present themselves to a police station during the matches.

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