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Cyprus Referee Has Car Bombed

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A football referee from Cyprus had his car bombed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Referee Giorgos Nicolaou, 41, had his vehicle targeted outside his home address in Zakaki village at around 3am.

Cypriot referees have increasingly been targeted in recent years and this instance caused significant damage to the car.

Charalambos Skapoullis, The Head of the Cyprus Referees Association said that Nicolaou “was in shock and troubled” by the attack.

The police are now investigating the matter although it is currently unclear why the referee was targeted as he has not been involved in any games that prompted any negative reaction from fans.

Skapoullis added that they would wait for the police to conduct their investigations before the referees sit down to discuss the matter.

The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) condemned the attack describing it as “a blight on the island’s footballing family and society in general”.

Last year, Cyprus referees took part in a one-week boycott of fixtures as a result of a bomb attack outside the home of a referee’s mother back in October 2014.

The offices of the referees association have also previously been damaged by a bomb attack.