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Cyprus police: rival fans’ rock throwing injures 7 officers

November 18, 2017

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say seven officers were injured when football fans hurled rocks at each other following a match in the capital Nicosia between crosstown rivals Omonia and APOEL.

Police said on Saturday the officers released tear gas to get fans to back off.

The rock-throwing late Friday also resulted in vehicles being damaged, including three police cars.

A lane on a nearby highway was briefly closed to allow crews to clear the asphalt of rocks and other debris. Police made no mention of any arrests.

The match ended in a 3-1 victory for defending league champion APOEL, which hasn’t lost to Omonia since April 2013.

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