NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ soccer federation has suspended all matches after a referee walkout over a bombing attack against a colleague’s car.
The federation said on Friday all matches are on hold indefinitely.
Police said the predawn detonation of an explosive device placed on the hood of the car caused extensive damage.
The federation earlier condemned the attack against referee Andreas Constantinou’s vehicle as an “act of terrorism” that breeds fear among referees and harms the sport.
The Cyprus Referees’ Association strongly criticized what it called “ill-advised” remarks by officials and sports journalists targeting referees that “only pour fuel on the fire” by potentially prompting such attacks.
The association urged journalists to fairly critique referees instead of