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Cyprus football hits rock bottom.

By George Psyllides

The chairman of the football association (CFA) has called a meeting with the biggest clubs in a bid to resolve the championship shambles after an appeals board resigned to avoid passing judgement that could decide this season's champions.

Costakis Koutsokoumnis said he has called an afternoon meeting with APOEL, AEL, Omonoia, Apollon, Anorthosis, and AEK to discuss the situation after the CFA's appeals board opted to resign on Wednesday rather than issue a ruling on a May 17 game between AEL and APOEL that was abandoned because of fan violence.

The CFA's judicial committee decided that the game will be replayed this Saturday at a neutral ground behind closed doors, but APOEL appealed arguing it should be awarded the three points -- and the championship — because it was AEL fans that caused the trouble.

In what many say has become a farce, the appeals board resigned on Wednesday, accusing both teams of publicly attacking and humiliating them "in order to pressure members into rendering a favourable decision."

The board was to due to convene on Thursdayafternoon.

Koutsokoumnis said the game will go ahead as scheduled on Saturday if a new appeals board could not be found.

He said the CFA must declare the name of the champion to UEFA, the European governing body, by Monday the very latest.

However, if the appeals board decided in June to vindicate APOEL, then the Nicosia team will be crowned champions but UEFA will not accept any changes as regards European fixtures.

The match, that was meant to decide, which team would win the championship and in extension a ticket for the lucrative Champions League, was interrupted after an AEL fan threw a fire cracker at APOEL's bench, injuring one of the players.

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Date:May 29, 2014
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