Cyprus police say a 20-year-old man is in serious condition in hospital after suffering second-degree burns to his body during clashes between rival fans before a club football friendly.

Police said on Saturday that six people aged from 20 to 35 who were taken into custody face charges including assault and conspiracy.

The arrests came after 200 Apollon Limassol fans armed with gasoline bombs, clubs, firecrackers, rocks and a flare gun clashed with 400 Anorthosis Famagusta fans.

Police used tear gas to break up the hour-long melee late Friday outside the Anorthosis stadium.

Some eight officers suffered minor injuries and at least three cars belonging to fans were damaged.