European Soccer Body Suspends Two Officials in Match-Fixing Case

Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- European soccer’s ruling body UEFA said it suspended two Armenian game officials in a Europa League match-fixing case.

In a hearing at the Football Federation of Armenia, referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes Avagyan admitted trying to fix a first qualifying round game last month between Finland’s FC Inter Turku and Vikingur of the Faroe Islands, UEFA said.

UEFA’s betting fraud detection system, which monitors more than 32,000 matches across Europe, detected suspicious betting patterns around the game, prompting an investigation by UEFA and the Armenian federation.

UEFA’s control and disciplinary body will hear the case at its Nyon, Switzerland, headquarters on Aug. 22. Vikingur won the second-leg match in Finland 1-0 for a 2-1 victory over two games.

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