Cyprus to probe matchfixing claims

NICOSIA - Cypriot authorities are to investigate claims of possible matchfixing in football after UEFA raised the alarm, the island's justice minister said on Thursday.

The probe into three first division matches comes after Cyprus's Football Association was handed information by European football's governing body which has been passed to the justice ministry for police to launch an investigation.

"Everything possible will be done to speedily conclude the investigation," said Loucas Louca, the Cypriot justice minister.

A UEFA spokesperson declined to comment, saying it was an ongoing investigation.

One of the matches UEFA has raised questions over involves a club in the top four in the league, who are former champions.

"This whole issue has shocked us because we never expected to have matches which, according to UEFA, could have been fixed in this particular way," said Kostas Koutsokoumnis, the president of the Cyprus Football Association.

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