Omonia boss blasts “rot, corruption” in Cyprus soccer

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of top-flight club Omonia Nicosia blasted what he called “rot and corruption” in Cypriot soccer, claiming he’s been approached with offers to “buy off” a match, referees, and even players.

Stavros Papastavrou said that some offers even specified the “going rate” or the price tag for a championship or a cup.

He refrained from identifying who approached him, but he said “they have names and we know where they’re from.” He said their identities would be revealed to authorities after “convincing” assurances for the whistleblower’s safety.

Papastavrou said his club will send a report on what ails Cypriot soccer and its hierarchy to UEFA, and will provide a truncated copy to Cypriot
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