FIFA: No suspect bets on suspended ref's WCup game

BY foxsports • December 17, 2009

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.

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