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Football Referee suspended following ‘irregular betting patterns’

23/12/2009
UEFA have suspended a Bulgarian referee while it carries out an investigation into ‘obvious irregular betting patterns’ in an international friendly between Macedonia and Canada in November this year.

Referee Anton Genov was called in for questioning after he awarded four penalties in the fixture, two to each side in a game which ended 3-0 to Macedonia.

Betting operators reportedly were alerted by the number of wagers placed on at least three goals being scored and on the number of penalties awarded.

The 43-year-old Bulgarian who has been on FIFA’s list of referees approved to take charge of international games since 1999 will not be allowed to officiate an international, Champions League or Europa League fixture during the investigation.

UEFA spokesman Rob Faulkner said in a statement: "After interviewing the referee in question, UEFA has decided not to appoint Anton Genov to any European matches until further notice,"

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