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Police extend investigation into irregularities at football club

Nigerian international Francis Uzoho in action during the Anorthosis v Apollon game

The football association (CFA) on Monday postponed a hearing into the dispute concerning the validity of a player’s participation in a match last week, as police continued their investigation into possible falsification of documents submitted to the sports organisation.

In a statement, the CFA said it had postponed hearing an appeal lodged by Limassol side Apollonas in relation with the medical card of Anorthosis Famagusta goalkeeper Francis Uzoho who was acquired on the last day of the January transfer period.

The CFA said it will look into the matter on Wednesday.

The issue emerged after Apollonas disputed Nigerian national Uzoho’s participation in a game against Anorthosis on Saturday, February 2, which the Limassol side lost 1-0.

The club said Uzoho had only arrived in Cyprus on Friday afternoon, shortly before 4pm, and questioned how he could have had his health card issued about an hour after the offices of Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) closed on Friday at 2.30pm.

Following the appeal, Apollonas also reported to police that the medical card used was possibly forged.

Police have since arrested Anorthosis deputy chairman Kyriacos Yiangou, a doctor who is suspected of signing the documents filed with KOA regarding the player’s health.

KOA annulled the medical card, as reports suggested Uzoho had told police he was on the airplane on his way to Cyprus when the card was issued.

On Sunday, police interviewed Anorthosis chairman Andreas Panteli as well as others.

Yiangou’s remand expires on Monday.

 

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