A total of eight persons were arrested on Wednesday both before and after the Cyprus Cup Final match between Nicosia’s Omonia and Limassol’s Ael teams at the capital’s GSP stadium.
The police had arrested six persons for illegal possession of explosives before even the match started, while two others were arrested during incidents that took place in Limassol after the match ended.
In addition, a bag containing four Molotov cocktails, a folding bat, a hood and two pairs of gloves were found and seized by police.
After the match ended and more specifically around 11pm in Limassol a group of about 60 persons, who had gathered outside the building of AEL Fans’ Association attacked police officers. They threw firecrackers, flares and Molotov cocktails at them.
The policemen managed to repel the attackers by using tear gas. However, as they were leaving, the above persons set fire to garbage baskets and set fire to a car parked in the area. Damage was also caused to a second car.
During the operation to suppress the above incident, members of the police arrested a 16-year-old for the offence of assaulting a police officer.
The 16-year-old, who had his face covered with a hood, was riding a moped, which was found to have been reported stolen on May 9, 2023.