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Second suspicious betting notification received by CFA

The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) has received a second notification about suspicious betting activity related to a particular fixture.

The notification concerns the first division game between Aris Limassol and champions Apoel Nicosia, which the visitors won 3-0.

The announcement was made by CFA chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis who once again published the news through his personal Facebook page.

“Transparency; a notification has just arrived regarding Aris-Apoel,” he posted.

No other information was provided.

This was the second notification as the championship concluded its fifth matchday.

On September 14, Koutsokoumnis announced that a notification had been received regarding the fixture between Apollonas and Aez Zakakiou. Apollonas won the game 4-0.

It had been suggested that the notifications would give an indication as to who could be responsible but this has not been the case so far.

Last season, Cyprus received 21 notifications concerning suspicious games. In a bid to tackle match fixing, the CFA introduced tough – on paper at least — measures, which include relegation for repeat offenders.

In total, the CFA has received 59 notifications in recent years.

A notification does not necessarily mean a game had been fixed but authorities have yet to find any evidence either way.

According to the CFA, a team named in a UEFA notification will be fined €5,000 as a first step. A repeat will fetch the side a €10,000 fine, while third-time offenders will lose CFA funding.

Teams named in four notices will have three points docked, six if there is a fifth, and nine for a sixth notice.

A seven-time offender will be relegated.

The rules also apply to team coaches and officials.

A coach whose team received four notifications during the same season will be banned for two years. The same goes for the chairman.

In a related development, on Tuesday, referee Yiorgos Nicolaou’s car was bombed while parked outside his home in Zygi early.

Police said the bomb had been placed at the front of the parked car, and went off shortly before 3am.

The 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.

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