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Three remanded for Larnaca football violence

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AFTER a lengthy procedure which lasted from morning until 4pm on Friday, three of the five hooligans arrested for Wednesday’s football violence in Larnaca were remanded, while the two others were released.

A Larnaca resident, 27, and two men from Aradippou, aged 18 and 22, were remanded for three days, while a 22-year-old resident of Larnaca and a 21-year-old man residing in Dromolaxia were set free.

Police on Thursday issued arrest warrants for six people after a group of about 50 hooligans disrupted 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.

Five of them, aged 18 to 27, were arrested by Thursday afternoon, while the sixth is still wanted.

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

Reports said the attackers had concealed their faces, 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 Pilsen. Pilsen won the first leg 3-1.

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

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