A team from Uefa, Europe’s football governing body, was in Cyprus on Monday meeting with police to discuss how to combat corruption and match fixing.
The meeting was held at police headquarters in Nicosia. Also attending were representatives of the Cyprus Football Association (CFA).
The Uefa delegation are here at the CFA’s invitation.
Justice minister Giorgos Savvides said another meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday morning, with the participation of the visiting Uefa team and the chief of police.
He expressed the hope that evidence for match fixing could be found, pledging that the police would do everything it can to bring such cases to justice.
For his part, police chief Kypros Michaelides said that during the first meeting on Monday police officers shared views and technical expertise with the Uefa officials.
The Uefa team may also meet with individual club officials during their stay.
The visit comes after football’s governing body notified the CFA – via so-called red notices – of five games where match fixing is believed to have taken place through suspicious betting activity.
The delegation consists of the head of mission, an Uefa investigator and a representative of Sport Radar, the company tasked with gathering data for Uefa’s betting fraud detection system.
Uefa’s visit is also taking place in the wake of the January 17 bombing of a car belonging to a referee.
The car of 33-year-old referee Andreas Constantinou was extensively damaged when an improvised explosive device placed on it went off. The vehicle was parked in the garage of the apartment building where the referee lives.
The incident was the last straw for the referees’ association who announced they would abstain indefinitely from matches in protest.
As a result, the CFA cancelled all league matches that weekend.