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Four policemen injured after violent clashes with APOEL Nicosia fans

APOEL Nicosia fans
APOEL Nicosia fans engaged in violent clashes during the team's Cypriot Cup quarterfinal.

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Cyprus police say two men have been arrested following violent clashes in the stands during a Cypriot Cup quarterfinal match with light injuries for four policemen.

Police said Thursday that officers had to use tear gas to subdue APOEL Nicosia fans, who threw plastic seats at them and let off flares, as they accompanied firefighters trying to put out a fire started in a stadium washroom.

The two arrested men, aged 21 and 37, also suffered minor injuries.

The violence erupted midway...

Cyprus FA imposes harsh match-fixing penalties

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- The Cypriot football association followed through with a pledge to impose harsh penalties on any clubs suspected of match-fixing after UEFA ranked the country's league to be among the worst offenders in Europe.

The executive board said penalties that come into force on Tuesday will begin with a €50,000 fine for a first offense, followed by a six-point loss and a €50,000 fine for a second. Two-time offenders will be held back from moving up a division if they're eligible....

Cyprus official wants law passed to fight match-fixing

Cyprus' top sports official on Thursday urged lawmakers to pass legislation enabling authorities to wiretap suspects' telephones and access bank accounts in the fight against match-fixing.

Cleanthis Georgiades, president of Cyprus Sports Organisation, said that those involved in match-fixing are "extremely dangerous" people, with huge financial interests at stake.

Earlier this week, the Cyprus Football Association vowed to impose severe penalties on clubs suspected of match-fixing after UEFA ranked...

Cyprus vows to crack down on match-fixing after damning UEFA verdict

UEFA suspects that six first division matches and a domestic cup tie may have been fixed since September.

The Cyprus Football Association has said it will impose severe penalties on clubs suspected of match-fixing after UEFA ranked the country's championship among the worst offenders in Europe.

Marios Lefkaritis, the association's honorary president and a UEFA vice president, said he was "ashamed and shocked" when told of the extent of the problem.

He said UEFA suspected that six first division matches and a domestic cup tie may have been fixed since September.

The Cyprus FA has received files on 75...

Arrests made after Cyprus Cup final pitch invasion

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Cyprus police say two people aged 16 and 21 have been arrested after hundreds of fans stormed the pitch to celebrate Apollon Limassol winning the Cyprus Cup final.

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said riot police had to make limited use of tear gas to disperse the crowd of around 400 Apollon fans on the pitch after 2-1 win over Omonia Nicosia on Wednesday.

Angelies said on Thursday that three riot police suffered minor injuries.

He said some of the Apollon fans hurled firecrackers,...