Anorthosis FC condemns firecracker attack

A Cypriot club has condemned fans who hurled a powerful

firecracker at one of its players as he was receiving treatment

from medical staff during a key league match.

Anorthosis Famagusta, which is currently tied with AEL Larnaca

for first place, also denounced some of its own fans for lighting

flares during Sunday’s match against Omonia Nicosia.

The club urged police in a statement Monday to carry out more

thorough checks of fans entering stadium grounds. Police said

investigators are pouring over CCTV footage to track down the

culprit.

Video footage shows trainers who were tending to injured Ricardo

Laborde, as well as the Colombian forward himself, writhing on the

ground after the firecracker exploded just inches from their

faces.

Anorthosis said no one was seriously injured.