Cyprus FA reduces Omonia coach’s ban to 4 games

The Cyprus Football Association has reduced a six-month ban it

imposed on the coach of league-leading club Omonia for shoving a

referee to just four games.

But a CFA appeals board upheld a ?2,000 ($2,670) fine on coach

Neophytos Larkou, who it found guilty of unsportsmanlike


The CFA handed Larkou the longer ban last month after it

accepted testimony from referee Christos Elia, who accused the

Omonia coach of shoving him following the team’s 1-1 draw at

Anagennisis Dherynia in October.

The appeals board said on Saturday that shoving didn’t merit a

six-month ban which would have kept Larkou away the bench for the

rest of the season.

But Larkou will miss Omonia’s crucial match on Sunday with rival

APOEL, which it leads by only two points.