Anorthosis chief seeks re-election

Andreas Panteli, the former president of Anorthosis Famagusta soccer club in Cyprus who is accused of embezzling club funds, said yesterday he will try to regain his post. Police released Panteli on Thursday after holding him in custody for six days and after the rest of the Anorthosis board withdrew their accusations. However, the Cypriot police authorities are still investigating the case. Now Panteli, who insists upon his innocence, intends to be a candidate in the forthcoming election for a new president for the Cypriot champion. Panteli also revealed that he will travel to Athens to attend Anorthosis’s crucial Champions League tie with Panathinaikos next Tuesday. Meanwhile, European soccer’s governing body UEFA intends to look into the matter as well. UEFA’s Cypriot vice president, Marios Lefkaritis, told state television in Cyprus that the soccer body has requested information regarding the allegations against Panteli from the Cyprus Football Federation (KOP). Lefkaritis explained that UEFA would not intervene but just wanted to be kept posted on developments.

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