Nicosia, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Kyriacos Kyriacou
Cyprus international referee Marios Panayi claimed in a packed press conference that his has evidence of extensive match fixing and corruption in Cypriot professional football.
He exposed names and accused the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) deputy chairman Giorgos Koumas to be pulling the strings, saying that “he is the one who schedules referee appointments and has close ties to football clubs and political parties”.
Panayi claimed that he has have recorded conversations, documents and other evidence exposing other officials within the CFA and football chairmen.
According to his claims, CFA appoints referees who are willing to shape the game’s outcome and that they are the ones who decide which teams are relegated.
He also claimed that CFA chairman, Kostakis Koutsokoumnis is just a straw-man who contacts referee before matches.
The referee accused the head of the Cyprus Refereeing Committee, Hans Reijgwart, for following orders and blamed him for sidelining him because he knows to much and wasn’t willing to do their bidding.
Koutsokomounis denied accusation against him and said that CFA will investigate Panayis’ claims.
A few hours ago the international referee testified everything to police.
According to IBNA sources, the police sent a letter to the law office saying that 17 match-fixing cases are already under investigation after information given from UEFA.
Panayi’s testimony could be the evidence needed to bring to justice all those who committed criminal offences against Cyprus football.