Cyprus Mail

Explosion under car of Aris football club chairman (Update 2)

John Panayi pictured fourth from right, back row

A bomb exploded in the rear of the car of Yiannis Panayi, president of the Aris football club, at dawn on Friday in Limassol.

Panayi also works at a domestic staff agency located in Limassol.

The car was parked in the driveway of his house and the explosion, which occurred at 4.30am, damaged the car and shattered windows of the house.

The blast shattered the glass of the balcony door in the room where his two children, a 12-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, were sleeping, throwing pieces of glass on the bed of his daughter.

The explosive device had been placed on the rear right wheel of the vehicle.

Police said they are looking into the motives of the perpetrators as it is not clear whether the incident is related to his position at the football club, his job, or whether other reasons where at play.

Only last week the Cyprus Football Association temporarily postponed all scheduled fixtures in all leagues after referees protested over a car bomb placed on a car belonging to 33-year-old referee Andreas Constantinou.

From the beginning, investigators turned their attention to Constantinou’s involvement with football, specifically to a fixture between Doxa and AEL which ended in a 2-2 draw. After the game, AEL had expressed complaints about the refereeing.

Reports said Constantinou was also the referee in a cup game between Ayia Napa and Pafos FC for which a notice had been received suggesting it could have been fixed due to suspicious betting activity.

It was one of six notices the CFA received recently.


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