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Uefa president to attend funeral of CFA’s Koutsokoumnis

Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin

Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin along with other officials of the European football authority, is to attend the funeral of Costakis Koutsokoumnis who was the head of the Cyprus Football Association (CFA).

Koutsokoumnis died on Monday at the age of 61.

According to the CFA, Ceferin is to attend the funeral on Thursday along with the Uefa General Secretary, Theodore Theodoridis, and the director of national associations at Uefa, Zoran Lakovic.

Koutsokoumnis held a number of positions within Uefa over the years. He served as third vice-chairman of the HatTrick Committee (2007–2011), member of the Assistance Programmes Committee (2002–2007) and member of the Licensed Match Agents Committee (1996–2006). At the time of his death, he was first vice-chairman of the HatTrick Committee.

Ceferin said that Koustokoumnis “will be greatly missed”.

“He was devoted to the game of football and was much respected for his qualities both as a leader and as a person,” he said following the announcement of Koutsokoumnis’ death.

Koutsokoumnis was also a Fifa Council member since April 2017.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said that he had known Koutsokoumnis for a long time and appreciated him very much.

“As a football lover, he has dedicated a large part of his life to our beautiful game, and we had the chance to have his competences to help us within the FIFA Council since last year. I can only regret this journey together has been far too short,” Infantino said.

Koutsokoumnis, who had been battling cancer for several months, died on Monday afternoon.

His funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon at the church of Apostolos Andreas in Platy, Aglandjia and will be buried at the Aglandjia cemetery.

The CFA announced they would pay for the funeral and donated €10,000 to Alkyonides charity organisation in Koutsokoumnis’ memory.

During this week, players and referees in all football matches of the first, second and third division, will don black armbands, while flags will fly half-mast in all local stadiums during sports events.

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