What can be done to eradicate football violence?

THEORIES abounded yesterday as to the causes of hooliganism and how to tackle it, in the wake of Saturdays’ riots after the football match between AEL of Limassol and Nicosia powerhouse APOEL.

UN: Ledra construction is “outside buffer zone”

THE UN said yesterday that any Ledra crossing construction work undertaken by the Turkish Cypriot side was outside of the buffer zone. The statement, which stands in stark contrast to yesterday’s claims by the Cyprus government, provoked a strong response from the President, who accused the UN of changing its official stance.

Youngsters in search of an identity: examining the root causes of hooliganism

POLITIS yesterday published the findings of a survey offering insights into the causes of crowd violence at football games, following Saturday’s bloody clashes in Limassol.

The study, conducted during the period 2000 to 2002, held interviews with 200 die-hard fans of four clubs frequently involved in disturbances – APOEL, Omonia, Anorthosis and AEL.

Deputies consider abolition of road tax

MOTORISTS may see the abolishment of the road tax and an increase in fuel duty if a controversial proposal submitted by DIKO’s Nicos Pittokopitis is adopted by Parliament.

Media warned against feeding prejudice

THE Mass Media must be extra careful not to support, whether wittingly or unwittingly, discriminatory attitudes in their broadcasts, according to a EU-funded seminar titled “The Mass Media and Diversity”.

We did the right thing over Ledra Street

THE Cyprus government made the right move in deciding against opening the Ledra Street crossing, according to the Defense Minister Koulis Mavronikolas, who claimed yesterday that the Turkish forces had encroached into the buffer zone to usurp land.

We’re not playing politics on Ledra, Turks insist

TURKISH Cypriot officials yesterday vehemently denied accusations by the Cypriot government that preparations for a new crossing at Ledra Street were merely an attempt to score political points and to extend Turkish military presence in the area.

Police death puts Cyprus soccer on the spot

CYPRUS was yesterday still taking stock of a night of football violence that left one dead, 27 injured and six arrested after the highly-charged match between AEL Limassol and APOEL on Saturday.