Cameraman attacked, woman arrested in Cyprus Cup clashes
Clashes and an arrest have marked the start of the Cyprus Cup Final, as Omonia fans set tyres alight near their supporters' club in Nicosia on Wednesday.
Sources told SigmaLive Greek that a 24-year-old woman - who was reported to have taken part in the clashes - has been arrested by the police.
Authorities, the same sources said, are investigating accusations of rioting and public vilification of the Omonia fans.
The fans, SigmaLive Greek reported from the scene, were at the fan club building in preparation for the Cyprus Cup Final, and had been planning to go to Limassol’s Tsirion Stadium together to support their team in its final match.
Some of that fans were reported to have been wearing hoods at the scene, and to have set tyres ablaze. Cyprus’ fire service was called to the scene along with the police.
SigmaLive Greek reported that authorities were met with anger from the fans.
Dozens of the fans began to clash with the authorities on the side streets in the area.
Attack on Sigma TV cameraman
During the clashes, as the police were dealing with the rioters, a cameraman from Sigma TV who was at the scene with SigmaLive Greek, was attacked by a mask-wearing fan.
He was attacked on a side street near the riots, and hit when his back was turned. Reports suggest that the fan was attempting to take the camera from the cameraman.
Three more people approached the scene on seeing what was happening, SigmaLive Greek said.
The fan proceeded to punch the cameraman, grabbing the camera and throwing it to the ground.
People in the nearby headquarters of the labour union PEO, had locked their front door while the clashes were taking place, and told Sigmalive Greek that they were afraid. They also mentioned that they did not know who had called the police.