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Koutsokoumnis to run again for CFA top post

The President of the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) Costakis Koutsokoumnis has expressed his intention to run again for the post, according to information from the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).

CNA reported that Koutsokoumnis had informed his colleagues on the Executive Board of the CFA.

The nominations for the post of President of the CFA ends on July 20 and candidates should be proposed by four clubs.

Last week, Marios Panayi, an international football referee who charged that match-fixing was widespread in Cyprus, announced his intention to run for the CFA top spot.

“After much thought, and seeing that no one has the courage to change anything in football, especially at the decision-making centre, the CFA, I have decided to place myself at the disposal of the clubs and submit my candidacy for the position of chairman,” Panayi said in a statement.

Panayi urged people to support him and take the opportunity to rid football of people who led the sport to disgrace and misery.

Last December, Panayi went public with charges of widespread match-fixing involving referees and the CFA. He named CFA deputy chairman Giorgos Koumas as the man pulling the strings.

Following Panayi’s charges, Koutsokoumnis admitted that match-fixing did exist in Cyprus.

However, Koutsokoumnis dismissed the notion that he should quit, denying any wrongdoing.

Panayi’s charges have not led to any major developments.

Panayi met the Cyprus Association of Footballers (PASP) on Monday morning in what was afterwards as a “constructive discussion” with its president Spyros Neophytides, and legal adviser Loizos Hadjidemetriou on the issues plaguing football in Cyprus and how they could be resolved.


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