Europa League referees in match-fixing scandal

Published on 12 August, 2013 
By: Mark Williams

Europa league

Two Armenian officials have been banned for life over suspicions the pair attempted to rig a Europa League match.

Andranik Arsenyan and Hovhannes Avagyan are suspected to have influenced the outcome of a first round qualifying tie between Finnish side Inter Turku and Vikingur Gota of the Faroe Islands in July.

Vikingur won the match 1-0 to qualify 2-1 on aggregate.

Uefa said they opened an investigation into referee Arsenyan and assisant referee Avagyan, after its betting fraud detection system discovered suspicious betting patterns on the fixture.

Over £300,000 was reportedly gambled on the encounter.

Arsenyan awarded two controversial penalties in the fixture, one to each team.

It is suspected the decisions were made to ensure both sides scored during the game.

The football federation of Armenia have imposed a life ban on the pair.

Uefa has supsended the two men from football-related activity pending a disciplinary hearing on Thursday 22 August in Switzerland.

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