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Firebombs, fines and fixes – welcome to football in Cyprus

Thanasis Gavos   Fri, 3 Mar 2017; 12:47

Omonia president Antonis Tzionis sits quietly in his chair in the offices of the Cypriot club. Although not naturally a quiet man, he knows that a word out of place could cost him another €5,000.

In December he made the claim that Cypriot football was “dishonest” and dogged by “filth, stench, nepotism, cronyism and corruption”.

The game, said Tzionis, was controlled by betting activity and corruption, and there is no freedom of speech. In response, he was fined €5,000 by the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) for bringing the game into disrepute.

For a game that, in recent years, has – on the pitch, at least – punched above its weight for an island of just 1.1 million people, those are startling claims.

Read the full article here.

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