FIFA: No suspect bets on suspended ref’s World Cup game

FIFA has found no evidence of suspicious bets on a World Cup

qualifier refereed by an official later suspended for alleged

involvement in match-fixing.

FIFA said Thursday its monitoring system detected no

manipulation of the betting market for the Lithuania-Serbia match

played Oct. 14.

Referee Anton Genov awarded two penalty kicks that gave

Lithuania its goals in a 2-1 victory. Serbia had already won the

group to reach the finals in South Africa.

The Union of European Football Associations suspended the

Bulgarian referee after it traced “obvious irregular betting

patterns” for a Nov. 14 exhibition between Macedonia and Canada.

Genov awarded four penalty kicks, two to each team, in Macedonia’s

3-0 win.

The 43-year-old has been on FIFA’s international referees

list since 1999.