Soccer hooligans are back. A recent victim, a 20-year-old man, has been hospitalized in a serious condition with 45% of his body burned after being attacked by a Molotov cocktail during off-ground violence.
After the incident, authorities were severely criticized for not taking the hooligan case seriously enough.
He was an innocent bystander rushing to put out the fire in the field near his house after a rival fan clashed on the street outside Larnaca’s Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium.
Before the match between Apollo and Anortosis Famagsta in Limassol on Saturday, fans threw flares at each other and set fire to a nearby field.
According to witnesses, the victim was in a hurry to extinguish the flame, Molotov cocktailHis clothes caught fire immediately.
Politicians and law enforcement agencies have criticized their perceived “laziness.”
News site Philenews points out that the presidential residence and police refused to comment on the case, and witnesses claim that police were standing to see the problem unfold.
Soccer hooligans are back after a short rest after two years of coronavirus restriction.
The hooligans were supposed to be included in the “fan card” to help monitor attendance at the stadium and identify troublemakers.
But recent incidents are just one of many that have hurt Cyprus football for decades and prevented families from going to the match.
A video patrolling on social media shows Apollo’s fans throwing stones at Anorthosis supporters while special riot police are watching but not intervening.
Two weeks ago, hundreds of APOEL fans entered Limassol’s Tsirion stadium, where the team played Aris. No ticket Or a fan card.
Meanwhile, two men, 22 and 30 years old, moved in after an arrest warrant was issued in the case at Larnaca Stadium.
Both were charged with riots and assault in writing and later released to court.
A 20-year-old woman who was the victim of a recent hooligan attack has been intubated to Nicosia General, and doctors report that he is in a serious but stable condition.
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