Apoel have again refuted the claims of reckless endangerment made by Nicosia rivals Omonia regarding Covid-19 protocols.
As we reported on Monday, Omonia sent a formal letter to both the ministry of health and the Cyprus Football Association (CFA), accusing Apoel of violating Covid protocols and for recklessly endangering their players, before requesting that an official investigation takes place so that the matter is resolved.
The CFA have since confirmed the reception of the letter and have opened an official probe.
On Tuesday, Apoel’s head of communications Nektarios Petevinos spoke to Cypriot outlet Kerkida, further rebuking the claims made by Omonia.
“Omonia called on us to make a statement but did not share their letter with us”, Petevinos said.
“We have made it clear that their letter is full of lies and we have now verified this with the letter in our possession”, the Apoel press officer added, implying that the letter was provided to the club by the CFA or some other third party.
“The letter states that Apoel had a symptomatic player and allowed that player to train with the rest of the team. We don’t want to laugh at this accusation so we will leave it up for the people to judge”, Petevinos stated.
“It is outrageous to claim that we had a player exhibiting symptoms training with the rest of the players. The chief investigator will be asking Omonia for evidence to back up these claims”, he explained.
Petevinos also accused Omonia’s president of violating Covid-19 protocols himself.
“We have found out that Omonia’s president returns to Cyprus from abroad and does not self-isolate. Have Omonia not made this public? What is this special permission that he has and who gave it to him?”, Petevinos said.
Petevinos also said that the club might have further positive Covid-19 cases, saying that players who have been self-isolating since December 8 until today are waiting for further test results