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Cypriot league calls in Greek referees to avoid more fan violence

Cypriot league calls in Greek referees to avoid more fan violence

Cyprus will use referees from Greece for potentially violent league games to avoid suspicions of favoritism following a spate of crowd disturbances.
The Cyprus Football Association said Wednesday that two Greek officials will be used for six matches during the remainder of the season.
"We will try this out and we will see," if they keep using Greek referees next season, CFA spokesman Costas Koutsokoumnis said.
Games in Cyprus have been marred by allegations of favoritism among local referees, while teams' links with rival political parties is another source of tension.
This month, a league game between Apollon Limassol and APOEL Nicosia was interrupted in injury time when fighting broke out among players and in the stands after referee Marios Stamatis red-carded an Apollon player.
Stamatis was struck by players while spectators rioted, lighting fires in the stands and tearing up seats. Police responded with tear gas.
Koutsokoumnis said the deal was reached after talks with the Greek FA.


Updated : 2021-03-04 23:11 GMT+08:00