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Forty thousand euros damage from latest football hooliganism, one arrest, two wanted

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File photo [Source: Limassol Hooligans]

One man has been arrested in connection with the most recent episodes of hooliganism by football fans in Limassol, while arrest warrants have been issued against two others who are wanted, police announced on Tuesday.

The arrest concerns a 48-year-old man, suspected as responsible for a backpack found hidden inside the false ceiling of a bathroom, containing 53 smoke bombs and nine flares.

Meanwhile, police are seeking to establish the whereabouts of a 37- and a 39-year-old, also suspected of involvement in various incidents throughout Sunday’s Apollon-Apoel match.

Damages amounting to €40,000, CyBC reported on Tuesday, were caused by fans at the end of the match, who smashed and ripped out seats, hurling them into the playing field, and hitting the brand new Alphamega stadium’s walls.

While leaving the match, a 19-year-old Apollon fan was attacked by ten hooligans who punched him in the face and damaged his car. The man suffered bruising to his jaws and teeth and received first aid at a private clinic in Limassol.

Further incidents were recorded outside the stadium from fans of both teams, including the starting of fires, which the fire service was called on to put out.

One police vehicle was slightly damaged.

Tensions had already erupted at the very start of the match as soon as spectators entered the stadium, with fans of one team threatening fans of the other, and police resorted to use of the force’s water-cannon to restore order.

During checks at the stadium entrances, a 20-year-old man was found with a joint and was arrested and released after being charged in writing at the drug squad office.

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