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Media, FC's Partly To Blame for Hooliganism

apoel stabbingThe media and football clubs are partly to blame for hooligan violence at sports games and should avoid statements that inflame situations, said Justice Minister Loukas Louka.

All stakeholders must take responsibility because it has become dangerous for a normal sports fan to go to the big matches, he said. The minister added that he is expecting a decision from the attorney general about whether it is illegal to make inflammatory statements through the media.

During a press conference about the arrests of five people during last weekend's APOEL-OMONIA match, Louka expressed sympathy towards the off-duty police officer who was stabbed three times in the left arm while on his way to the match at GSP Stadium in Nicosia. An investigation is underway into the attempted murder, and witness statements have already be taken, he said.

Saturday's match was policed by 350 officers to the tune of 100,000 euros, he said.

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