24 Aug 2013

Two officials handed life bans by UEFA

7:18 am on 24 August 2013

Two football officials have been given life bans by European governing body UEFA for an attempt to fix the result of a Europa League match last month.

Armenian referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes Avagyan, who officiated in the match between FC Inter Turku and Vikingur, were suspended for life.

In an earlier Armenian Football Federation hearing Arsenyan and Avagyan admitted having tried to manipulate the outcome of the second-leg fixture, which ended 1-0 in favour of Vikingur.

Suspicious betting patterns around the match prompted a UEFA investigation.