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Another new notification for football body

The Cyprus football association had received yet another notification of suspicious betting activity on a fixture that took place last week.

The notification, the fifth so far this season, concerns last Wednesday’s cup game between first division side Karmiotissa and Ayia Napa, which plays in the second division, for the first round of the cup.

Karmiotissa won the match 3-1.

According to the notification from European governing body Uefa, there were strong signs that an attempt had been made to manipulate the score in a bid to make gains from betting.

The notification said a lot of bets had been placed on Ayia Napa losing the game by at least two goals and that a total of at least four goals would have been scored.

The CFA said the file would be handed over to the discipline committee.

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

The four other notifications concerned top flight league fixtures AEZ-AEK, AEZ-Apollon, Aris-Apoel, and Apoel-Ethnikos.

In a bid to tackle the problem, the CFA announced stiff penalties last year, including relegation for repeat offenders.

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.

None of the teams named so far have been sanctioned.

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