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Ketsbaia resigns, Mihajlovic sacked

ANORTHOSIS Famagusta manager Temuri Ketsbaia, who led the Cypriot champion to a history-making berth in the Champions League group stage, has resigned, the club said on Monday.

The club's executive board initially rejected Ketsbaia's resignation and asked him to reconsider, but the Georgian insisted that his decision was final.

"The board unanimously expressed its regret over Temuri Ketsbaia's decision," a statement on the club's Website said. "It thanked Mr Ketsbaia for all his contributions as he was the primary factor for this year's great success in the Champions League."

Ketsbaia's resignation comes as Anorthosis lost any hope of repeating as champion. With three matches to go in the season, the club sits third, 13 points adrift of leader Apoel.

It also brings to a close a topsy-turvy season for Anorthosis whose surprise run in the competition saw it become the first Cypriot club to make it into the Champions League group stage.

Cypriot clubs have long been considered Europe's also-rans, but Anorthosis brought respect to the island's game.

"This year can in no way be considered unsuccessful, but is seen rather as the brightest chapter in the 98-year history of Anorthosis which has honored Famagusta and Cyprus as a whole," the club said.

But the season was also plagued by controversy when former Anorthosis chairman Andreas Panteli was arrested in November for allegedly embezzling hundreds of thousands of euros from the club.

Panteli, 48, denied any wrongdoing. He was released from custody without being charged after the club's board dropped its complaint against him on condition that he resign as chairman and promise to settle club debts he was found to be responsible for.

Also, Sinisa Mihajlovic has been fired as Bologna coach.

The Serie A club is in the relegation zone after nine losses in its last 12 league games.

Former Siena coach Giuseppe Papadopulo was appointed yesterday as coach for the final seven games of the season.

Mihajlovic, a former Lazio and Inter Milan player, took over from Daniele Arrigoni in November.

With 26 points, Bologna is third from last in the league. The bottom three clubs go down to Serie B. Bologna, which lost 1-4 at home to Siena at the weekend, returned to the top division this season after three years in Serie B.


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