The Cyprus Sports Ethics Committee is looking into a possible case of football match fixing in the Cyprus first division over the weekend.
Specifically, the chairman of the committee told CNA that 21 persons involved with two football clubs, among them coaches, club presidents and footballers, have been placed under the microscope.
According to local media reports,, the match in question was Sunday night’s Anorthosis v Apollon encounter.
The committee has proceeded to issue calls to sports agents in the context of an investigation for possible manipulation of a football match.
Replying to a question raised by the Cyprus News Agency, Papacharalambous said that the commission had noticed increased betting activity in a specific match. For that reason, members of the committee carefully watched the game on TV to determine whether the suspicions were reasonable. “After we noticed the betting activity, we paid attention to every move of each player”, he said.
Papacharalambous told CNA that from now on, the commission with the contribution of the police, will take testimonies from the persons under investigation, and if necessary, the commission will obtain arrest warrants.
Responding to the news, Apollon issued a statement saying: “We deny any involvement in match fixing and are available to the authorities so that this matter can be fully investigated.”
Anorthosis also released a statement on Monday afternoon saying: “Our club president Evgenios Chamboullas has been in contact with all personnel from our football department and as of yet, nobody has been called to testify, even though Mr Papacharalambous has said that his organisation has issued subpoenas to various club officials regarding possible match fixing.
“We have spoken with Apollon, who also say that nobody at their club has been subpoenad.
The six games that took place in Match Day 4 are the following: Ernis-Olympiacos 0-1, Paphos-Ethnikos 2-2, AEL-Karmiotissa 3-1, Omonoia-AEK 2-1, Anorthosis-Apollon 1-3, ENP-APOEL 0- 2.