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Referee car bombed

Photo: Larnaca press

Football referee Yiorgos Nicolaou’s car was bombed while parked outside his home in Zygi early on Tuesday morning, police said.

According to a police report, the bomb had been placed at the front of the parked car, and went off shortly before 3am.

Zygi police and Larnaca CID rushed to the scene and began investigating.

The vehicle, worth around €7,000, was badly damaged. It is covered by insurance.

bombnicolaouThe 41-year-old referee last officiated Saturday’s fixture in Limassol, where AEZ Zakakiou hosted Nea Salamina, in which the home team got thrashed 5-1.

In a statement, the Cyprus Football Association (CFA), which controls football refereeing in Cyprus, condemned the bombing and expressed dismay at the attack.

According to the CFA, such “terrorist acts” place human lives in direct danger and hurt the entire football family, as well as society itself.

The CFA expressed sympathy and support to Nicolaou’s family, and called on police to identify the culprits the soonest and bring them before justice.

There have been several similar attacks against referees in recent months.

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