Cyprus Mail

APOEL are champions… again!

By Constantinos Psillides

IN A comedy of errors, the Cyprus Football Federation’s (CFA) disciplinary committee – acting as an appeals board — unanimously cancelled on Friday night the CFA council’s decision to repeat the May 17 championship final between AEL and APOEL, awarding the match to the Nicosia club with a 0-3 score.

The CFA had decided on May 22 that the championship match — which was interrupted at the 51st minute by an AEL fan shooting a fire cracker at the APOEL bench and injuring a player — should be repeated on a neutral ground with no fans.

APOEL had contested the CFA decision, pointing out that according to the rules and regulations of CFA they should be awarded the game with a 0-3 score because the referee stated on the match report that the game was interrupted by AEL fans.

Despite their protests, APOEL went against AEL on May 31 and won by 1-0, thus winning the championship.

The disciplinary board’s decision vindicates APOEL but has no real impact on the championship, which wouldn’t be the case if AEL had won the repeat game.

The two clubs have not yet reacted to the disciplinary board’s decision.

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