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CFA chief will be brought in for questioning

Kostakis Koutsokoumnis

By Constantinos Psillides

Cyprus Football Association chairman Kostakis Koutsokoumnis will be called in for questioning in connection with alleged match-fixing accusations, according to a report from the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).

A police source told the Cyprus Mail that while Koutsokoumnis will most definitely be called in, nobody could tell exactly when – besides the investigators.
“This is an ongoing investigation. People were questioned, evidence is being evaluated and based on the course of the investigation the CFA chairman will be called in for questioning. But we can’t specify exactly when that will happen. It depends on the investigating team,” said the source.

During an interview on CyBC, only a day after the story broke, Koutsokoumnis conceded that match-fixing does take place in Cyprus football.
CFA deputy head Yiorgos Koumas, who was brought in for questioning on Tuesday.

Koumas was named by referee Marios Panayi as the man behind extensive match-fixing in Cyprus football, especially when it came to relegation matches. In a press conference over a month ago, Panayi claimed that Koumas was at the heart of the scandal while he described Koutsokoumnis as a “strawman”.
Panayi gave several lengthy statements to the police and handed over a number of emails, texts and recorded conversations that according to him prove that match-fixing is rife in Cyprus and that CFA officials are behind it.

His allegations prompted a police investigation that has thus far culminated in the arrest of former CFA official Michalis Spyrou and the chairman of the referees’ association Michalis Argyrou and remains ongoing. Both Spyrou and Argyrou were remanded for three days in custody and have since been charged in writing and released to be called back on a later date.

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