UEFA suspends 2 Armenian referees in fixing case

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NYON, Switzerland (AP)

UEFA says it has suspended two football referees from Armenia while it prosecutes them for match-fixing.

The European football body says referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes Avagyan, who admitted to corrupting a Europa League match for a betting scam, have been suspended until their cases are heard on Aug. 22.

Both officials, who were banned by the Armenian football association on Tuesday, have been approved by FIFA for international matches since January 2012.

UEFA says it ''detected suspicious betting patterns'' around Vikingur's 1-0 win at Inter Turku in Finalnd on July 11.

Arsenyan awarded two penalties late in the scoreless match, reportedly to help ensure both teams scored.

Vikingur, a team from the Faeroe Islands, scored its penalty in the 78th minute and Turku missed two minutes later.

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