Life Suspension for Armenian Referees

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)

NYON, Switzerland—Soccer referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes Avagyan, who oversaw a UEFA Europa League match last month, have been given life bans by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body (CDB).

Following the provisional decision rendered by the chairman of the CDB on August 7, 2013, the plenary meeting of the CDB analyzed the case today.

The CDB took note of the decision of the Executive Committee of the Football Federation of Armenia (FFA) with regard to the referee and assistant referee who officiated at the first qualifying round match between Turkish club Inter Turku and Faroese club Víkingur on July 11, 2013.

In a hearing at the FFA, referee Arsenyan and assistant referee Avagyan admitted having tried to manipulate the outcome of the second-leg fixture, which ended 1-0 in favor of Víkingur.

The UEFA Betting Fraud Detection System (BFDS) – which monitors over 32,000 matches across Europe, including all first and second-division games, cup ties and UEFA competition fixtures – had detected suspicious betting patterns around this encounter, and this prompted the start of an investigation by UEFA, to which the FFA contributed closely.


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  1. GeorgeMardig said:

    This shouldn’t be a surprise, these days stealing has become an Int’l right, these days Kings steal, Presidents steal, if who has most steals, why not for who has nothing?

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