Justice and Public Order Minister George Savvides has called on anyone who has information for fixed matches to give it to the police, assuring that the Ministry and the Government will not cover up any case. The Minister participated on Tuesday in a meeting with a UEFA delegation that deals with the issue of fixed matches, Cyprus Police officers as well as representatives of the Cyprus Football Association.
Participants stressed the intention of both UEFA and the Cypriot authorities for closer and a more institutionalized cooperation to address the phenomenon of fixed matches. It was noted that the problem can be addressed but time is needed as this is not a process that will bring immediate results.
In statements after the meeting, Savvides described it as constructive noting that they ascertained the joint effort of all parties to combat match-fixing. He noted that the UEFA delegation explained to the police officers the processes through which information is collected and the way this can help determine possible targets.
On his part, head of the UEFA delegation Jozef Kliment said that the main aim of their visit to Cyprus is to hold meetings and discuss major challenges. Furthermore, he noted that Cypriot institutions and authorities wish to address this problem, and said that fixed matches constitute one of the greatest threats against football not only in Cyprus but worldwide.