Foot­ball - Makeshift bomb ex­plodes on Cypriot ref­eree’s car

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The Cyprus Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has con­demned a bomb at­tack against the car of a top ref­eree, call­ing it a blight on the is­land’s foot­balling fam­ily and so­ci­ety in gen­eral. The as­so­ci­a­tion says it stands by ref­eree Ge­or­gios Ni­co­laou and urges po­lice to track down and bring the cul­prits of yes­ter­day’s pre-dawn bomb­ing to jus­tice.Po­lice say the ex­plo­sion oc­curred while the car was parked out­side the 41-year-old’s home in the Lar­naca area. The front of the car sus­tained ex­ten­sive dam­age. A string of at­tacks against the prop­erty of Cypriot ref­er­ees have oc­curred in the past two years. The most re­cent pre­vi­ous at­tack took place in March 2015 against the car of an­other ref­eree that was set ablaze af­ter be­ing doused with flammable liq­uid.

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