Cyprus Mail

Bomb targets referee prompting match strike (Updated)

A BOMB exploded outside the home of the mother of a football referee in Limassol, police said on Monday.

No one was injured in the blast, which took place 30 minutes after midnight Sunday, and caused extensive damage to the entrance and the interior of the Kapsalos house.

Police said it was an improvised high-explosive device.

The owner, a 60-year-old woman, is the mother of referee Thomas Mouskos.

The referee’s home in Ypsonas had been under police guard in recent days following threats he received over his handling of first division championship game between Apollonas and Othellos, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

The incident came in the wake of claims made by another referee, Marios Panayi, about widespread match-fixing.

Police have launched in investigation into the match-fixing affair and have arrested the chairman of the referee association Michalis Argyrou.

The association met on Monday and decided to not let its members preside over Wednesday’s Cyprus Cup matches or over the weekend league matches. The referee association described the crime as a “cowardly act”, calling on police investigators to crack the case as soon as possible. The association also decided to meet again next Monday to decide whether to lift the strike.

This isn’t the first time Mouskos has been the target of an attack. Last May a grenade was lobbed at the referee’s house but did not explode.

Football clubs have also come out and spoken against the bombing.





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