1/22/2012 : SUSPICIOUS BETTING STOPS CYPRIOT FOOTBALL MATCH
Match called off due to excessive betting on outcome
Bookmakers have been called on by the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) to invalidate bets placed on a first division match between Enosis Neon Paralimni and Ermis Aradippou after it was indefinitely postponed for "unreasonably excessive" betting on the outcome.
The unusual action was taken by the CFA to "protect the sport and the teams".
A CFA spokesperson said: "We repeat our determination to eliminate the problem of potentially fixed matches, while at the same time we issue an appeal to the state for help. The FA cannot on its own eliminate the problem that has plagued world football in recent years."
Betting companies have been urged to enter into information-sharing agreements with the association specific to betting on Cypriot football teams, while the CFA intends meeting with the finance ministry and legislators to discuss measures towards the prevention of potential match-fixing.