Francis Uzoho banned, fined $1000 in Cyprus after submitting invalid document
Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has been handed a one match suspension by the Cyprus Football Association after being fielded ineligibly in a game. The 20-year-old featured for his present side Anorthosis Famagusta in their 1-0 win over Apollon Limassol earlier this month. However, the country’s FA have found the Nigeria international and his club guilty, and both have been sanctioned by the club.
Uzoho was handed $1000, while the club have been docked six points, and the result of the match overturned.
Apollon Limassol got a three-point boost after the FA overturned the result in their favour while docking Anorthosis six points. The reports claim that the Cyprus Sports Organization had initially declared Uzoho’s health certificate void as of Feb. 9. However in a follow-up decision on Monday annulled it altogether, saying that it considered the document “as never having been issued.”
Uzoho was accused of forging documents to obtain his health certificate, saying it was issued even before the goalkeeper arrived in Cyprus. The 20-year-old joined Anorthosis on short term loan from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna on January 31. The decision will not go into effect for eight days but means that Apollon could move to first place in the Cyprus First Division with a win or draw against APOEL, which leads the table, on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the authorities are currently investigating the matter as they hope to put an end to the matter.