By Stelios Markou
LAST week, AEL played Apollon in the Limassol derby and a couple of days before the game it was announced that Leontios Trattos would be refereeing.
Immediately, a picture was circulating the web showing the AEL chairman sitting next to Trattos, as speculation that he would be favouring them to win the game started spreading. Apollon won the game but several videos were made showing mistakes made by the referee.
On Friday the unfortunate happened. In the early hours of the morning, Trattos’ car was targetted in a premeditated attack in which a bomb was planted. Luckily the referee was not in his vehicle at the time.
Later on Friday, the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) announced that all of Saturday’s games had been postponed after the Referees’ Association decided to take action.
“Such incidents are beyond any boundary of logic,” read a statement from the CFA. Police said they were investigating the incident outside Trattos’ home in Latsia.
Several young people I’ve spoken to justified the bomb attack, saying that hopefully Trattos will now begin to referee in an unbiased manner.
It’s an embarrassing situation and shows how some people can do whatever they want and get away with it.
These hooligans damage football every week and the ones who are punished are the clubs, who are made to pay massive fines.
We need to start somewhere and I would recommend having allocated seating in stadiums with more CCTV so we know where everyone is sitting. This would make it easier to recognise any trouble-makers
There’s no football this weekend because of the bombing and people are arguing between themselves as to who is responsible. Instead of condemning this kind of action they’re simply blaming each other.
The approach taken by fan websites doesn’t help the young generation see straight either as some of them say Trattos had it coming.
Hopefully the Cyprus FA takes some serious action to put an end to this.