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
The 43-year-old has been on FIFA’s international referees
list since 1999.