Cyprus Mail

One charged after latest match incident (Updated)

Nicosia general hospital

A 30-year-old was charged in writing on Monday as part of investigations into the incidents that allegedly led to the serious injury of a 20-year-old man before the Anorthosis-Apollon football match in Larnaca over the weekend.

The suspect presented himself to the police after authorities published the information and photos of ten wanted people who are suspected to be involved in Saturday’s incidents after which the 20-year-old man suffered burns to 45 per cent of his body.

Reports said fans of the two football teams had started small fires with fireworks in a field opposite the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium which were put out by police and the fire service.

Five police cars were also reportedly damaged.

According to reports, the injured man had been out walking his dog when he saw the fire and tried to put it out when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at him.

However, police spokesman Christos Andreou told the Cyprus News Agency that the man was injured “after the end of the incidents and at a distance from the area where they took place”.

He added that police are examining the material on CCTV cameras and that investigations are “leading in a specific direction” without providing any details.

The burn victim was transferred to the Nicosia general hospital via ambulance, where he remains hospitalised in stable condition.

Information about the remaining nine wanted people can be found on police’s website. Whoever has information about the incident can contact the citizen’s line on 1460 or their nearest police station.

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