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Hooligans interrupt Aek practice (updated)

File photo: AEK Larnaca

Police on Thursday issued arrest warrants for six people after a group of about 50 hooligans interrupted the afternoon practice of Larnaca football team Aek on Wednesday by throwing stones at fans watching the players training at the ground next to the Gsz stadium.

Three of them, aged 18 to 22, were arrested on Thursday morning.

Five people were injured, two fans and three police officers. One fan received stitches to his head.

Reports said the attackers had their faces covered but were wearing the colours of Anorthosis, which is also based in Larnaca. They were there because the Anorthosis five-a-side team was playing nearby.

Six police officers who were patrolling the grounds dispersed the crowd.

Aek was having its last practice before Thursday’s second Europa League qualifier against Czech side Plzen. Plzen won the first leg 3-1.

Following the attack, Aek tweeted: “Well done, you taught ethos and culture.”

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