A terrifying scene occurred during a Cypriot soccer league match between Anorthosis and Omonia Nicosia on Sunday when a flare thrown onto the field by a fan exploded.
According to the Associated Press, Anorthosis forward Ricardo Laborde was being attended to by trainers on the field after a firecracker landed and exploded inches away from him. In the video footage shown above, smoke filled the area after the explosion, sending several players to the turf. Anorthosis said nobody was seriously injured, as reported by the AP.
Anorthosis went on to win 2-0.
Sadly this is the second time (that we know of) in which an explosive has interrupted a soccer game in just over a month. In September, a midfielder in an Asian Champions League quarterfinal match picked up an object thrown onto the pitch and tossed it off just before it exploded.
More from the Associated Press:
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — 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.
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