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Football association will issue decision on Uzoho case on Friday

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

The decision of a Cyprus Football Association (CFA) judge on whether to uphold the appeal by Apollonas FC against the validity of a match with Anorthosis after it emerged that the latter may have falsified the medical card a newly-signed foreign national is to be announced on Friday.

The case was adjudicated on Thursday and after the proceedings it was announced that the decision of the CFA judge would be announced the following day.

If the CFA judge rules in favour of Apollon, the Famagusta team will be docked six points for using an ineligible player and will also lose the three points for winning the game. The CFA court was to initially take place on Wednesday but was postponed for Thursday.

The case concerns suspicions raised by Apollonas last week over 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 by Anorthosis on the last day of the January transfer period and Apollonas said he had only arrived in Cyprus the day prior to the match. The Limassol-based club questioned how Uzoho could have had his health card issued as he had arrived on the island about an hour after the Cyprus Sports Association’s (KOA) offices closed on Friday.

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

Police arrested three persons in connection with the case, among them Anorthosis deputy chairman Kyriacos Yiangou, a doctor, who is suspected of signing the documents filed with KOA regarding the player’s health. A 41-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, were arrested last Tuesday on suspicion of obstructing the course of justice and conspiracy to commit a crime, police said. The woman works for KOA. All three were released later on.

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.

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