Fans in Cyprus throw firecracker at injured player

Fans of a Cypriot soccer club threw a powerful firecracker at

one of its players while he was receiving medical treatment during

a game.

The team, Anorthosis Famagusta, said no one was seriously

injured.

Trainers were tending to Colombian forward Ricardo Laborde on

Sunday. Video footage shows the trainers and Laborde writhing on

the ground after the firecracker exploded inches from their

faces.

Anorthosis Famagusta condemned the actions of its fans and also

denounced those who lit flares during the league game against

Omonia Nicosia.

Anorthosis, which is tied for first place, urged police on

Monday to check fans more thoroughly when entering the stadium.

Police said investigators are studying television footage to track

down the culprit.