Cyprus FA condemns attack on top referee's car

Cyprus FA condemns attack on top referee's car

Published Nov. 23, 2010 9:01 a.m. ET

The Cyprus Football Association has condemned an attempt to set a top referee's car on fire outside a busy restaurant.

A CFA statement said on Tuesday that the attack against the car of Referees' Association deputy chairman Aristidis Christou ''creates serious problems in our football domain'' and urged police to solve the case swiftly.

Cyprus police said an eyewitness saw two hooded individuals smash the car's window and hurl inside a lighted flare, igniting a fire. Patrons of the restaurant managed to douse the fire, which caused extensive damage to the vehicle's interior.

The attack happened early afternoon Monday in the southern coastal town of Limassol. Christou was having lunch in the restaurant at the time.