Armenia Lodges Protest to World Soccer Federation

Armenian Soccer team with Bulgaria

YEREVAN (Reuters)—Armenia filed a FIFA (World Soccer Federation) protest about “poor officiating” during this week’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Bulgaria.

The Armenians complained to world soccer’s governing body about some decisions made by the referee and the treatment they had received from the home team, the football association said on its website ( without giving precise details.

The visitors finished Tuesday’s Group B match in Sofia with nine men after Swiss referee Stephan Studer sent off Marcos Pinheiro in the 73rd minute and Gevorg Gazaryan four minutes later.

Bulgaria’s Svetoslav Dyakov was also dismissed in the 73rd minute following a brawl involving players from both sides.


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  1. Alexy said:

    Wow, finally Asbarez write an article about our soccer team. Too bad nothing was written during the Euro Cup qualifications when we were doing really well. Way to go Asbarez…

  2. Alexy said:

    Also, it’s Marcos Pizzelli, Pinheiro is his middle name. Just a little info for you guys.