A Bulgarian referee has potentially refereed the test match between Werder Bremen (GER) and AZ Alkmaar (NED) under a false name.
When Bremen defeated the Dutchmen (2-1) in Belek last Wednesday, Raitscho Raitchev was supposed to officiate the match. According to Bulgarian media however, this referee has obviously stayed at home, instead, a former referee Latchesar Ionov has overseen the encounter.
"We have informed the DFB about these rumours. The referee attracted our attention by awarding an overblown additional time of ten minutes.", Bremen manager Allofs said.
Ionov is considered as reoffender: The former 2nd division referee was suspended by the Bulgarian FA in the last year as he refereed matches in Argentina and Venezuela without authorization.
In the last year, a similar case occurred when a Hungarian trio refereed a test match between Estonia and Bulgaria in Belek as well, the match ended 2-2, all the goals resulted from penalty kicks.