Northern Ireland monitoring situation after ref's car is bombed in Cyprus
Published 28/02/2014 | 21:31
The IFA have substantiated reports that the car of a top Cypriot official - named by the Cyprus Football Association as Leontios Trattos - was damaged by a bomb explosion on Friday morning, leading to all First Division fixtures being cancelled in the country this weekend.
Northern Ireland are due to face Cyprus in Nicosia on Wednesday night, with a friendly between Ukraine and the United States also scheduled for Larnaca due to political unrest in the former.
IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson confirmed to Press Association Sport that he had been in contact with Marios Leskaritis, the CFA president, and that the bombing is currently viewed as an isolated incident unconnected to international football.
There are no plans to cancel the fixture at present, but discussions between the associations will continue as facts are established.
Nelson told Press Association Sport: "I have been in touch with the president of the Cyprus FA and we will continue to monitor developments."