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House committee to drop match fixing probe

Referee Marios Panayi

The House Education Committee decided on Tuesday not to pursue match fixing claims made by a referee so as not to jeopardise the ongoing police investigation.

The decision was made at the behest of the attorney-general.

Committee chairman Georgios Tasou said they were told “that it would be wise for the committee not to discuss the matter at present but wait for the investigations to conclude”.

Main opposition AKEL MP Andreas Kafkalias said the essence was for the investigation to continue and reach as far as they have to.

Referee Marios Panayi claimed last December that high ranking football association officials were involved in match fixing.

Panayi named CFA deputy head Giorgos Koumas as the man behind the scenes and described chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis as a “strawman who does what he is told”.

His allegations prompted a police investigation that has thus far culminated in the arrests of former CFA official Michalis Spyrou and the chairman of the referees’ association Michalis Argyrou.

Both Spyrou and Argyrou were remanded for three days and have since been charged in writing and released.

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