< p>In a statement issued by the well-known lawyer Chris Triantafyllidis, who represented APOEL in the legal battle for the interruption of the cup match with Nea Salamina, he states that the sports judge's decision to disqualify the blue and yellow teams handed over the fate of football matches to the oligarchs riots.
He confirms that he has already appealed the decision, stressing that “if this decision is allowed to stand, the games will be out of the hands of the Football Authorities […] Anyone who wants to stop a match, without any other commotion inside or outside the stadium, he will only have to throw a firecracker or flare to injure someone with dizziness.
In detail his statement:
Today the Sports Referee of the Cyprus Football Federation issued his decision nullifying APOEL and awarding the Cup match in favor of Nea Salamina. I have already received instructions from APOEL to file an Appeal against this decision.
The legal part concerning this decision will be decided by the Court of Appeal of the Cyprus Football Federation. However, my experiences in the field of football over the last 44 years, both in Cyprus and abroad, do not allow me not to mention that with this decision, the fate of football matches was handed over to the few riots that are moving to the stadium with the sole aim and purpose of throwing some firecracker or some flare hoping for such a decision as the one I mentioned above.
The reason I mention the above is because in this particular case, unlike all other cases where the teams are zeroed out because the referees stop the matches after they have received information from the Police that they cannot provide security and guarantee the integrity of the spectators on the field both inside and outside the field the referee had no such information not only because he did not ask the Police but also because he himself intended to continue the match after he instructed the high school manager to issue an announcement that he would stop it if he was thrown any other firecracker on the playing field. The reason for the stoppage, as stated in the match sheet, was the injury of a substitute football player of Salamina and it does not mention anything about the issue of safety. Unfortunately, the cases of at least 20 matches that were presented to the Sports Referee of injuries to persons inside the playing field due to throwing objects, but due to the fact that there were no reasons for insecurity and the matches were not interrupted, were not taken into account.
The reason I mention the above is because in this case, with the events we have been watching in the last few days, if this decision is allowed to remain in force, the games will leave the hands of the Football Authorities and as I mentioned above will be handed over to the riots of the stadiums.< /p>
Anyone who wants to stop a match, without any other disturbance inside or outside the stadium, will only have to throw a firecracker or flare to injure someone with dizziness – as in the present case – and the purpose of will be achieved. Is this what we want?
Christos M. Triantafyllidis
(Through Christos M. Triantafyllidis D.E.P.E.)