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More arrests for Aek football violence

Four more men aged between 27 and 30 were arrested on Friday evening in connection with Wednesday’s football violence in Larnaca that injured five people.

Four arrest warrants were issued against the four – two 28-year-olds from Tsiakkilero and Liopetri, a 27-year-old from Palechori and a 30-year-old from Larnaca – after police secured testimonies linking them with the incident.

Earlier on Friday three other men – a Larnaca resident, 27, and two men from Aradippou, aged 18 and 22 – were remanded for three days, while a 22-year-old from Larnaca and a 21-year-old man living in Dromolaxia who were arrested for the same case, were set free.

Police on Thursday launched an investigation 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 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.

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