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Fans sought after night of violence

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Police in Limassol were trying to track down football fans who took part in clashes on Thursday night that saw eight vehicles damaged and one destroyed by fire.

The clashes were between supporters of Limassol sides Apollon and AEL, the latter playing away in Azerbaijan on Thursday.

The trouble kicked off at around 7pm when a number of individuals, who had gathered in the Ayios Antonios area where the Apollon clubhouse is located, started throwing stones at passing cars driven by fans of AEL, causing damage to two of them.

Two hours later, while the crowd was still assembled in Ayios Antonios, a large group of people wearing helmets and ski masks, arrived in the area prompting an exchange of stones and flares.

The clashes subsided half an hour later leaving behind an area resembling a warzone and a car that was destroyed by fire.

The fans also set rubbish bins on fire. A flare was also at the roof of a house but it was extinguished before the fire spread, police said.

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