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Government calls for major investment in Cypriot football stadia

The Cypriot government has said football stadia in the country require more than €40m (£33.3m/$43.1m) in improvements, stating that only two facilities currently meet modern standards.

A government meeting chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades has addressed the poor condition of the island’s stadia, determining that only GSP Stadium (pictured) in Nicosia and Larnaca’s AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis come up to scratch.

Following the meeting, government spokesman Kyriacos Koushos said the administrators of each stadium in the country will liaise with the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) to determine the most pressing cases for investment, with safety improvements deemed the most important factor.

“Only two stadiums meet all the specifications, the GSP and the AEK Arena; the rest need improvements, some many, some few,” said Koushos, according to the Cyprus Mail newspaper.

The stadium studies are expected to take around two months to complete, at which point a new meeting will be held to determine how best to proceed.

“Depending on the particular infrastructure at each stadium, we will know exactly the investment that needs to be made,” Koushos added.

Image: GSP