UEFA bans 2 Armenian officials for life for fixing

UEFA has banned two football referees from Armenia for life for

trying to fix a Europa League match in a betting scam.

UEFA says referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes

Avagyan admitted trying to corrupt Vikingur’s 1-0 win at Inter

Turku in Finland.

UEFA investigated after its betting monitoring unit ”detected

suspicious betting patterns” on the July 11 match.

Both officials, who were expelled by the Armenian football

federation, had been approved by FIFA for international matches

since January 2012.

UEFA can ask FIFA to apply the bans worldwide.

Arsenyan awarded two penalties late in the then-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 from the spot two minutes

later.