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Cyprus Cup match concludes early after flares thrown on field

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A Cyprus Cup football match between Apollon and AEL was abandoned due to fan violence as they threw flares at each other on the field. 

The match, which took place at Limassol’s new Alpha Mega Stadium on Wednesday, January 24, encountered disruptions from unruly fans, prompting the intervention of riot police to restore order.

The referee then called off the match due to concerns over safety, prompting a statement from the Cyprus Football Association. 

Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides condemned the behaviour as unacceptable and stated it was not to continue.

Greek Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides said the behaviour was unacceptable. Photo: Supplied.

Apollon revealed in a statement that the decision to abandon the match was “political” and they now await reasons to why it was made, as it was known that the match would be a high-risk affair.

This drama follows the renewed pledges by police and the Cyprus Football Association to ensure better measures are taken to prevent violence during sporting matches.

Since last Friday, January 19, the Cyrpus FA banned all away team fans for the rest of the season due to the spike in game violence.

Source: The West.

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