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War of words erupts.


John Pratt

FOLLOWING Sunday's Nicosia derby won by APOEL, the two biggest football clubs in Cyprus have revived their bitter rivalry in an all-out war of words.

Just a few hours after the final whistle, Omonia issued a short statement lambasting the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) and its judicial committee for the way manager Neophytos Larkou's disciplinary case was handled.

The Greens boss was initially given a six-month touchline ban which was reduced to four games on appeal.

The club also criticised the CFA on its referee selections and concluded: "Our patience has run out. We shall review our position with all bodies of the CFA and shall take drastic action."

APOEL'S reply came yesterday morning and clearly suggested that all Omonia is trying to do is cover up for its own deficiencies both on and off the pitch.

APOEL also claim that by not condemning the threats and intimidations directed against the judicial committee of the CFA, and the attack on retired APOEL player Christos Kontis -- who was injured by an object thrown by Omonia fans as he was sitting in the dugout during the game -- they are not only condoning violence but encouraging it. Kontis, who suffered a heart attack in August prompting his retirement, was taken to hospital and required stitches.

Unless cooler heads prevail, this 'war' will continue and with at least three more games to be played between the two sides before the end of the season, this does not bode well for Cyprus football.

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Date:Dec 13, 2011
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