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Three jailed after violence at U19 football match

Two men, aged 19 and 26, have been jailed for two months and a third, aged 32, for three months with a three-year suspension after violent attack during a U19 Apoel-Pafos FC match in Kouklia, police said on Tuesday.

The offences were committed on November 20, 2021, after the end of the football match.

Five days later four suspects aged 18, a 16-year-old boy and two men aged 31 men were arrested with police saying they were looking for a further five.

Further arrests followed and the three men aged 19, 26 and 32 were found guilty by the Paphos district court, which imposed their prison sentence.

Investigations started when around 50 fans of one of the teams, reportedly Apoel, entered the football pitch and attacked the 37-year-old coach of the Paphos team.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for neck and head injuries before being discharged.

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