Posted February 28, 2014

Referee Ukraine federation lists as working USA friendly has car bombed in Cyprus

Avi Creditor, U.S. men's national team, U.S. Soccer
Leontios Trattou

Cypriot referee Leontios Trattou, who is slated to work Wednesday’s Ukraine-USA friendly, was the subject of a car bombing on Friday. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty)

The U.S. and Ukraine men’s national teams moved their scheduled friendly from Kharkiv, Ukraine, to Larnaca, Cyprus, in an effort to escape violence. According to reports out of Cyprus, however, that is not exactly playing out as both parties would have hoped.

Referee Leontios Trattou, who is slated to be the man in the middle for Wednesday’s friendly according to the Ukrainian federation, was the subject of a car bombing, the Associated Press reported on Friday. The 41-year-old Trattou was not injured or in the car at the time of the explosion, but the incident has caused Cyprus to postpone all of its first-division matches this weekend. According to the AP:

Police say an explosive device was placed on the hood of referee Leontios Trattos’ car and it exploded early Friday in a parking lot outside his apartment in a Nicosia suburb. No one was injured, but his car and another vehicle were damaged.

(Note: The AP’s spelling and FIFA’s spelling of Trattou’s last name differs.)

When reached, U.S. Soccer spokespeople did not have an update or comment on whether the incident would have an impact on Wednesday’s match, nor could they confirm that Trattou is scheduled to officiate. The game is slated to be played at Antonis Papadopoulous Stadium at 2 p.m. ET.

12 comments
leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@PackersFanNumeroUno  


You're obviously a high-school drop-out so I wouldn't expect you to know this, but the problem isn't soccer.  


The problem is that eastern Europe is a literal hell-hole.  People there are xenophobic, racist, and poor.  It's a social recipe for hate and all manner of crime.


Acts of violence are going to happen.  Take away soccer and you're only removing one of thousand possible excuses for it.  It'll find a way to happen regardless.

Jesus Hitler
Jesus Hitler

@leehwgoc @PackersFanNumeroUno  You needn't look any further than his posting activity --- this dude is a garden-variety doofus and (unsurpisingly) actually knows very little about American football, either.    Even other Packers fans clown on him quite openly on the NFL boards..  Their pleas to shut up for the good of the brand typically fall on deaf ears.   They have to be content enjoying life during the  few minutes a day when wobbles over to the  soccer boards to troll himself.  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@JoieMcCaw PFNU is incapable of making an intelligent comment. It's best to ignore him and hope he goes away.



hfuhruhurr
hfuhruhurr

@Rickapolis @JoieMcCaw  No way!  Do you realize how many more clicks soccer articles receive because of this c-word?  She's either a brilliant soccer fanatic or the dumbest troll ever.  Either way, keep up the good work!