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Police arrest two in football medical card case (updated)

Nigerian national Francis Uzoho

Police on Tuesday arrested two suspects in connection with an investigation into possible falsification of a medical card used by a first division team to field a newly signed foreign national.

Reports said the suspects are a 36-year-old woman and her 41-year-old husband, both from Nicosia. The woman works for the sports organisation (KOA). Police said they were being investigated for conspiracy to defraud and interfering with the course of justice.

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

Uzoho, a goalkeeper, was acquired on the last day of the January transfer period.

Apollonas 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 KOA’s offices closed on Friday at 2.30pm.

KOA cancelled 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.

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

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

Yiangou was expected to be released Tuesday.

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