22 January 2014 18:14

Cyprus' top football clubs are set to request a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades as they struggle to cope with the escalating problem of hooliganism and racist behaviour amongst some fans.
On Monday night, the chairman of AEL, Apollon, APOEL, Omonia, Anorthosis and AEK Larnaca met with Cyprus Football Association (CFA) Chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis to discuss the large number of penalties imposed on their clubs as a result of fan insubordination on the terraces.
During the talks, it was decided that a meeting be requested with President Anastasiades to address the issues facing football on the island.
Also discussed was the current legislation being used at the CFA's Tribunal Committee.
Football has for years been plagued by problems in the terraces with fans either clashing with opponents or with police.
Despite numerous efforts, little has been done to curb the problem which often spills out into the streets with fans being ambushed by rival fans. Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou last year called on the legal system to be amended to grant the police and the courts more power against troublemakers at sports grounds.
This season, both APOEL and Apollon Limassol were handed hefty fines by Europe's governing body for football (UEFA) for crowd trouble in their European games.  APOEL were even handed a partial stadium ban after a supporter waved a banner bearing a Celtic cross in their game against Eintracht Frankfurt.


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