HACKERS: Cyprus football fans say Romania ref “serves Russia”

29 August, 2014

Hackers, probably angry Cypriot football fans, took charge of the Wikipedia profile page of Alexandru Dan Tudor, the Romanian referee of Wednesday night’s Europa League qualifier between Omonia of Nicosia and Dynamo Moscow, with the Russian side winning 1-2 in a highly controversial game.
The hackers added a section on the page saying “Special services for Russian teams”, with all TV and sports commentators talking about biased refereeing.
Omonia’s 2-2 draw in Moscow last week had given them a narrow advantage to protect in Nicosia, but it quickly vanished with the Cyprus leg reaching a 1-1 draw.

“The score remained until deep into injury time when Dynamo controversially scored the match winner through a Christopher Samba header,” the daily Cyprus Mail reported.
“Omonia furiously protested for a foul on keeper Jose Moreira while the big centre-back appeared to be offside from the initial cross, but their protests fell on deaf ears and Omonia’s European dream will remain on hold for at least another year,” the newspaper reported.

The hacked section of the Wikipedia page says “Mr Tudor is highly favorite for Russian teams and first selection for offering services in their matches in European tournaments. Specifically, during the recent years, the Romanian ref was included in a total of five matches, being very successful, since all Russians were victorious (Omonia-Dinamo 1-2, Zenit-AEL 3-0, Alanya-Besiktas 2-0, Russia-Luxembourg 5-1, CSKA-Benfica 2-0). During the European qualification of 2014, Tudor was more than expected proven worthy of his name as a Russian favorite, since he was selected for two matches in a period of 20 days. He was the ref for the second leg match Zenit-AEL Limassol, and was very successful in his mission, leaving the Cypriot team with ten players from the 26th minute. It was considered reasonable to be selected in another Cypriot-Russian duel, Omonia-Dynamo, few days later. Tudor was again highly successful disallowing two goals for the Cypriot team, while the winning Russian goal was allowed, even though it looked like an offensive foul then.”
The profile page also had Tudor’s status as “died” on August 28, 2014 in Nicosia, Cyprus, at the GSP stadium where the game was played.