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Soccer Referees Get Life Bans for Trying to Fix European Match

Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Two Armenian soccer referees were banned for life for trying to manipulate the outcome of a Europa League match last month.

Referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes Avagyan, who officiated that match between Inter Turku and Víkingur, were suspended by the disciplinary body of UEFA, the sport’s regional governing body. UEFA announced the bans in an e-mail.

The pair admitted to a hearing before the Football Federation of Armenia that they tried to fix the outcome of the second game between the clubs. Vikingur of the Faroe Islands defeated Finland’s Inter Turku 2-1 over the two matches of the Europa League first qualifying round.

UEFA’s betting fraud detection system found suspicious activity around the match, and an investigation was started, the governing body said.

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