Soccer fans in Cyprus throw flare at injured player (Video)

October 22, 2012

Seattle Sounders supporters march with flares and smoke bombs to the stadium prior to an MLS soccer match against the Portland Timbers. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Flares and smoke bombs are nothing new at soccer matches. But it’s one thing to light one in the stands during a match. It’s another thing entirely to hurl one at an injured player on the pitch.

Apparently the fans of Anorthosis Famagusta didn’t get the memo on stadium etiquette.

Watch as a flare explodes right next to the trainers attending to the injured player during Sunday’s Cypriot First Division match between Omonia Nicosia and Anorthosis Famagusta.

(Video via The Big Lead)

No one likes to see players feigning injuries, but that’s no reason to throw a flare at your own player.

The Associated Press has the report:

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.

In 2005, AC Milan goalkeeper Dida was hit with friendly fire when a fan nailed him in the back with a flare during a Champions League match.

Last month, a soccer player nearly lost his hand when he picked up an explosive that had been hurled onto the pitch during an Asian Champions League soccer match.

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