24 April 2014 11:02

Police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou last night ordered an investigation into how trouble between rival APOEL-AEL fans was allowed to escalate to ugly mayhem.
A 27-year old fan lost his eye when hit by a rock as he sat in his car on the Nicosia-Limassol motorway before the game. There were several other injuries while hundreds of cars were stuck on the highway as rival fans threw stones, sticks and firecrackers.
Police, who have been condemned by politicians and club officials for taking inadequate measures, have made nine arrests.
Police last night conceded the force was not above criticism over ‘possible weak contingency planning’.
“Under no circumstances is the police free of mistakes. After an evaluation of the facts so far as well as the contingency plan it is clear that there were some possible weaknesses as well as omissions,” a police statement said after a five hour meeting to review Tuesday’s chaos.
“For this reason, the police chief has ordered an administrative investigation,” it added.
But police say ‘brainless’ fans bent on trouble were also to blame.


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