Football referees in Cyprus go on strike after latest car bomb attack
Referees in Cyprus have gone on indefinite strike after an apparent arson attack on a car belonging to an officials mother, the latest incident in a campaign of terror that has run for nearly a decade.
The Cyprus Football Association has suspended top-flight games in the country and declared unquestionable support for officials, who are demanding improved security measures for themselves and their families.
Reports in Cyprus said a vehicle belonging to the mother of the referee Menelaos Antoniou had burst into flame early on Monday morning, with police confirming they were investigating the incident.
Antoniou had taken charge of a top-flight fixture between Limassol and Pafos on Sunday night. The game between Salamina and Ethnikos, which had been scheduled for Monday night, was subsequently postponed, with the CFA confirming a strike by officials due to repeated malicious actions against referees.