Footballer in Cyprus hit in head by pistol-fired missile that pierced the dugout
A footballer in Cyprus was hit in head by a pistol-fired missile that pierced the dugout and injured him.
Last weekend’s final title decider between AEL Limassol and APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus’ league was abandoned when a defender was hit in the head after a spectator used a pistol to fire a small missile at the opposition’s bench in the second half.
AEL needed just a draw to win their second title in three yearsas they had a 3-point lead over APOEL.
The player who was injured was APOEL Nicosia’s Kaka and he had to be taken to the hospital after being treated on the pitch.
APOEL Nicosia were the away team and the Brazilian player was sitting in the team’s dugout when the missile pierced the dugout and hit him directly on the head.
The injury required stitches but wasn’t too serious and he was going to be discharged. The club doctor was also hit but there was no news on whether he also needed to be treated at the hospital.
The fixture has always had a history of crowd trouble and at least 500 policemen were on duty at Limassol’s Tsireion stadium.
The final result of the game will be now determined by the Cyprus Football Association.