Cyprus Mail

Three arrested in football furore released (Updated)

Nigerian national Francis Uzoho


All three persons arrested in connection with an investigation into the possible falsification of a medical card used by a first division team to field a newly signed foreign national have been released, police said on Wednesday.

Two persons, a 41-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of obstructing the course of justice and conspiracy to commit a crime, police said. The woman works for the sports organisation (KOA).

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

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 plane 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.


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