Cyprus Ref Held For Match Fixing

NICOSIA— A Cyprus court has ordered the head of the country’s referees association to remain in police custody for three days because of allegations he tried to influence the outcome of a first-division match nearly three years ago.

Cyprus police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that the 54-year-old official faces corruption charges in connection with the match between Aris Limassol and Paralimni in April 2012.

On Jan. 8, a former member of the Cyprus Football Association refereeing committee was detained for four days on suspicion that he tried to influence the outcome of lower-league matches as well as under-21 games four years ago.

The arrests happened after top ref Marios Panayi publicly came forward with match-rigging allegations that prompted Cyprus FA chief Costakis Koutsokoumnis to admit that the first division was plagued by the problem.