NICOSIA- President Nicos Anastasiades stressed on Sunday the need to adopt new measures in order to fight football violence.
He spoke a day after a title deciding match between AEL-APOEL in Limassol was abandoned by the referee after a fire cracker was thrown at the APOEL bench injuring APOEL’s Brazilian defender Kaka.
The score was still at a nail-biting 0-0.The incident has been described as a black day for Cyprus football as it means that the title will probably be decided in a tribunal and not on the pitch.
Questions have been raised as to how firecrackers were smuggled into the stadium. Police had taken unprecedented measures on the day to prevent any trouble.
The Cyprus Football Association will decide whether the game will be awarded to either of the two teams or if the game will be continue from suspension time.
Invited to comment on the incident, President Anastasiades said that the proposals soon to be put forward by the government on football violence, now become more essential than ever, ahead of the new championship season.