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Cypriot ref scheduled to do friendly has car bombed
by Paul Kennedy, February 28th, 2014 11:56PM

TAGS:  men's national team, referees


[UKRAINE-USA] If the U.S. and Ukrainian federations has not had enough to worry about organizing Wednesday's friendly, first scheduled to be played in Kharkiv, but later moved Larnaca, Cyprus, because the crisis in Ukraine, get this: the car of Cypriot Leontios Trattou, scheduled to referee the game, was bombed on Friday.

Trattou, who became a FIFA referee in 2006, was not in the car, which was damaged along with another car after an explosive device was placed on the hood and exploded early Friday in a parking lot outside his apartment in a Nicosia suburb.  Cyprus has called off all matches over the weekend as a result of the incident.

Belarusian referee Alexey Kulbakov was slated by the Ukrainian federation to referee the match, but Trattou as part of an al-Cypriot crew is now listed to do the game, scheduled to be played at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.

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