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Invalid Health Certificate: Uzoho handed one-match ban, fined €1k

Francis Uzoho has been suspended for one game and fined by the Cyprus Football Association after ruling on the complaint of Apollon Limassol, claiming the goalkeeper was ineligible to feature for Anorthosis Famagusta in a league game against them on February 2.

Uzoho joined Anorthosis on loan from Deportivo La Coruna on the January window deadline day in search of first-team football.

Two days later, the 20-year-old made his debut in a league game against Apollon and notably kept a clean sheet in Anorthosis’ 1-0 over the league leaders.

Apollon then filed a complaint to their FA, insisting there were irregularities in the health certificate allegedly presented by the Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) to the Nigerian.

The Limassol-based side questioned the validity of the mandatory medical certificate as they insisted Uzoho arrived Cyprus hours after the KOA office had shut down on February 1.

Consequently, the Nigerian shot stopper was excused by Anorthosis from their squad that prosecuted league games against Nea Salamis and AC Omonia on February 9 & 17 respectively.

Uzoho reportedly informed the Police that the medical certificate was prepared for him while he was in flight en route Cyprus – which by implication suggests that he did not undergo necessary medical tests before the issuance.

Now, according to Miami Herald, the Cyprus Football Association has ruled that Uzoho’s certificate is invalid and Anorthosis consequently forfeits the win over Apollon as they are further deducted six points.

Also, Uzoho has been banned from appearing in Anorthosis game in the weekend against Ermis just as he’s fined €1,000.

A police investigation into the case is currently underway and just last week, three people – including Anorthosis deputy chairman Kyriacos Yiangou – who are allegedly in connection with the case were arrested, detained but later released.

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