Policing of south’s football matches may stop because “every weekend, officers are asked to go to war”

In the south the police officers association (SAK) is proposing that police presence at football games should halt because of violence and injury to their officers. So far, around 30 officers have been injured.

“Every weekend, officers are asked to go to war,” SAK representative Andreas Symeou said. “If this recommendation becomes a decision by the plenum then we will call on our members not to police any games,” Symeou said. “At the cup fixture last week in Limassol a police officer was” beaten by hooligans with sticks and stones and whatever else they had at their disposal.”

He also added that “after the arrest the suspect complains that he was beaten by police and everyone immediately intervenes and investigations are launched against the officers.”

Regarding SAK’s claims that officers on football policing duty have not yet been paid for last year:

“At the moment, overtime forms for December 2010 and January 2011 are being submitted and they are expected to be paid soon,” Greek Cypriot government spokesman Michalis Katsounotos replied.

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