FIFA: No suspect bets on suspended ref's World Cup 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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