August 7, 2013

Match fixing plague has arrived in UEFA Europa League

Two Armenian match officials, 1984 born FIFA referee Andranik Arsenyan and FIFA assistant referee Hovhannes Agavyan, have received lifetime bans from their domestic FA after being found guilty of having influenced the 2013 Europa League First Qualifying Round match between FC Inter Turku (Finland) and Víkingur Gøta (Faroe Islands) on July 11th.

Armenian Andranik Arsenyan won't return onto the pitch (c) 101greatgoals

According to reports, a wager of 300,000 was placed with Betfair that both teams would score in the match, which initially triggered suspicions of something untoward. Then, when the match actually started, two dubious penalties were called one after another for both sides by the ref.
UEFA subsequently launched an investigation, and the findings were that two Armenian referees on duty in the game had been bought.
The twist in the tale is that the mystery fixer lurking in the shadows also lost.
Despite the two penalties to each side, hosts Inter Turku missed their spot-kick ending the match 0-1 to Víkingur. In this match, Arsenyan was assisted by Erik Arevshatyan and guilty Hovhannes Agavyan. Manuk Fahradyan completed the officiating team that was observed by English Stephen Bennett.

Watch footage of the two dodgy penalties below.


Official statement by UEFA
UEFA yesterday took note of the decision of the Executive Committee of the Football Federation of Armenia (HFF) with regard to the referee and assistant referee who officiated at the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between FC Inter Turku and Víkingur on 11 July 2013.

In a hearing at the HFF, referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant referee Hovhannes Avagyan admitted having tried to manipulate the outcome of the second-leg game, which ended 1-0 in favour of Víkingur.
The UEFA betting fraud detection system (BFDS) – which monitors over 32,000 matches across Europe, including all first-division and UEFA competition games – had detected suspicious betting patterns around this fixture, and this prompted the start of an investigation by UEFA to which the HFF contributed closely.
UEFA is pleased with the excellent cooperation of the HFF, the local authorities and the betting operators during the investigation process.
Today, the chairman of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend with immediate effect, and for any football-related activities, both match officials. At the same time, a disciplinary proceeding has been opened in accordance with Article 12 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (integrity of matches and competitions, and match-fixing).
The case will be dealt with by the Control and Disciplinary Body on Thursday 22 August at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

source: 101greatgoals

51 Comments:

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    1. I agree, lifetime ban from football is not enough.
      Manipulating people feelings is a big shame.

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  2. They got what they deserved. No complaints really.

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  3. Apoel's coach lost his nerves yesterday:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScjUJ6F3Ihs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0geOhpYHj18

    No penalty for me and correct red card as well. UEFA should take action.

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    1. I agree on both calls. Probably APOEL coach had still in his mind the first leg match and the controversial situation at the end, with the dive decision.
      But here Kulbakov was good.

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    2. Actually Apoel requested another penalty at min. 62 with Manduca. But there isn't a video with the situation and it seems like a penalty.

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  4. Your opinions on these fouls? In my book, both should have been other colours..
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/kJSP4UpVivfSaE4pq4m&start=896
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/kJSP4UpVivfSaE4pq4m&start=1242

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    1. The first one is really nasty and should have been a red. It meets all the requirements of red: speed, strength.

      The second one is a scissors type foul from behind and without intention to play the ball. Could have been red.

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    2. The first one by the way reminds me on Monzon's red card in the WC 1990 final shown by Codesal Mendez.

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    3. For me, the second is more red than the first. I would have accepted a red card in the second case, for me the yellow in the first one it's ok.

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    4. The only thing which protects the players who committed the first foul is that his studs were not up.
      The second one is in my opinion nearly a mandatory red card. I do not see that much room for interpretation here. As Edward said: scissors from behind, no chance to play the ball, right studs slightly up. That's red.

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  5. Anonymous7/8/13 13:14

    In match Maribor : APOEL there was only one suspicious moment I think and this is Filipovič handplay (shot on goal, his hand was in direction between player and goal cca 90° on his body).

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  6. What do you think of this penalty and DOGSO decision in Partizan - Ludogorets?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUc4EnGc0KA

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    1. Anonymous7/8/13 14:03

      Interesting, there is a little clip-failure just in the moment when we should see if Bezjak was close enough to ball. Correct, but brave decision, I think.

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    2. In my opinion the replays are not clear enough to say with 100% certainty that this was a penalty. It seems to be a pushing which is sufficient for a foul, but I am not totally convinced. But if you whistle it, red card is correct.

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  7. Some appointments for August friendlies:

    JAPAN - URUGUAY
    Szymon Marciniak, Paweł Sokolnicki, Radosław Siejka (POL)

    MOLDOVA - ANDORRA
    Yaroslav Kozyk, Yevhen Khalamendyk, Oleh Pluzhnyk (UKR)

    HUNGARY - CZECH REPUBLIC
    Howard Webb, Michael Mullarkey, Simon Long, Michael Dean (ENG)

    PORTUGAL - NETHERLANDS
    Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, Mauro Tonolini, Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA), João Capela (POR)

    BOSNA AND HERZEGOVINA - UNITED STATES
    Damir Skomina (SVN)

    SWITZERLAND - BRAZIL
    Deniz Aytekin, Guido Kleve, Markus Häcker (GER)

    POLAND - DENMARK
    Yudai Yamamoto, Toshiyuki Nagi, Shinji Ochi (JPN)

    ECUADOR - SPAIN
    Wilmar Roldán, Wilson Berrio, Rafael Rivas (COL)

    MEXICO - IVORY COAST
    David Gantar, Joe Fletcher, Daniel Belleau, Edvin Jurisevic (USA)

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    1. SWEDEN - NORWAY
      Michael Oliver, Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett, Anthony Taylor (ENG)

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    2. BELARUS - MONTENEGRO
      Kristo Tohver, Hannes Reinvald, Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)

      ESTONIA - LATVIA
      Michael Lerjeus, Daniel Gustavsson, Per Brogevik (SWE), Neeme Neemlaid (EST)

      AZERBAIJAN - MALTA
      Aleksandr Aliyev, Alibek Aubakirov, Sanzhar Iskakov (KAZ)

      KAZAKHSTAN - GEORGIA
      Siarhei Tsynkevich, Vital Malyutsin, Stanislau Savitski (BLR)

      ALGERIA - GUINEA
      Ali Lemghaifry, El Hassane Dia, Abderahmane Warr (MRT)

      SENEGAL - ZAMBIA
      Laurent Duhamel, Cyril Gringore, Guillaume Debart, Frederic Haquette (FRA)

      TUNISIA - CONGO
      Mokhtar Amalou, Amine Meknous, Hamza Hammou (ALG)

      MOROCCO - BURKINA FASO
      Malang Diedhiou, Serigne Cheikh Toure, El Hadji Abdulaziz Gueye (SEN)

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    3. FINLAND - SLOVENIA
      Simon Lee Evans, John Bryn Roberts, Philip Thomas, Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)

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    4. ROMANIA - SLOVAKIA
      Neil Doyle, Wayne McDonnell, Ciaran Delaney (IRL), Ionuţ Marius Avram (ROU)

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    5. Austria - Greece

      Richard Trutz, Martin Balko, Peter Chladek, Jan Valasek (SVK)

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  8. There were two very interesting situation- both in the penalty area FK Partizan. The first part of pushing an opponent of Milan Obradovic, in the second sentence for attempted cheating referee of the slovenian international Bezjak ( 70 ' ), in the ranks of the winning team from Bulgaria- real. Several bad decision the team from Ireland ( AR2 especially in the first part of the game )! IMO, a situation that Chefren set a good decision in terms of technical and disciplinary sanctions. I'm not happy with the trial refereeing team from Ireland. Also, the refereeing team of Greece ( dr Michael Koukoulakis ) in the first game. I am big fan of FK Crvena Zvezda, and count on my objectivity. Look at the game!
    Regards from Belgrade!

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    1. I watched Koukoulakis' match in the meantime and found he did very well. I expect to write a report on him soon.

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    2. We don't agree, but that's good. IMO, Koukoulakis waved cardboard and when it should not have. Cards in a football game is a tool to play back in the boxes crisp and allowed. It turned out that the game was rough, but on the contrary- it isn't!
      Let's make a comparison with the game in Belgrade. You'll tell two different styles, two philosophies. No- there must be a uniform style for all. Nic, you're opponent excessive use of cardboard and about why we are all here quarreled.

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    3. Normal to have different opinions, no problem.
      Yes, I do not like card excessive styles, but in this particular match, I felt it was the teams that did not let the referee another chance.

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    4. Nic, your thinking is healthy. In a healthy clashing opinions we can learn something. I don't want a reader to think that I have anything against dr Koukoulakis. That's just my opinion, which one may or may not accept. I totally irrelevant to the career of the said referee.

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  9. A video dealing with some of the situations mentioned in the report for Mateu Lahoz:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsgyohbWDik

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  10. Anonymous8/8/13 15:16

    Euro u21 2015:
    11 August:
    Kazakhstan vs Armenia
    Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)

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  11. 3 Spanish referees have been appointed at WC qualifiers

    06 September

    Referee: Alberto UNDIANO MALLENCO
    Assistant 1: Roberto DÍAZ PÉREZ DEL PALOMAR
    Assistant 2: Pau CEBRIÁN DEVIS
    Fourth official: Carlos CLOS GÓMEZ

    06 September

    Referee: Carlos VELASCO CARBALLO
    Assistant 1: Roberto ALONSO FERNÁNDEZ
    Assistant 2: Juan Carlos YUSTE JIMÉNEZ
    Fourth Official: Antonio Miguel MATEU LAHOZ

    10 September

    Referee: David FERNÁNDEZ BORBALÁN
    Assistant 1: Roberto ALONSO FERNÁNDEZ
    Assistant 2: Roberto DÍAZ PÉREZ DEL PALOMAR
    Fourth Official: Carlos CLOS GÓMEZ

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    1. The reason fro Cebrian Devis is that Cabanero Martínez failed the Spanish federation's fitness tests. Same goes for Jesus Calvo Guadamuro.

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  12. Anonymous8/8/13 16:18

    Out of topic,referee kits for WC
    http://www.dutchreferee.com/fifa-world-cup-2014-referee-kits-from-adidas/wc-referee-kits-2014-black-back/

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  13. Emil Archambault8/8/13 16:56

    OOT: The Portorican referee Javier Santos refereed yesterday the CONCACAF Champions' League game between Montreal Impact and San Jose Earthquakes. Really, it was a terrible performance on every count. Poor foul detection, terrible dealing with misconducts (not giving well-deserved cautions, giving 'easy' yellows, failure to crack down on Impact time-wasting), bad communication, lousy match control.

    By the way, these FIFA referees, appointed by the CONCACAF, did not even have BEEP-flags or microphones for the game! Communication systems would have prevented many problems (offsides whistled late, miscommunication with 4th official). BEEP-flags cost about 500$; how poor is the CONCACAF?

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    1. He already had a couple of problems also at Gold Cup. It could have a reason that William Anderson of Puerto Rico is assisted by Juan Zumba and William Torres.

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  14. Play-off Asia:
    First leg, 06/09:
    Jordan vs Uzbekistan:

    Yuichi Nishimura
    Toru Sagara
    Toshiyuki Nagi
    Jumpei IIda (Jap)
    Abdul Al-Delawar (Bhr)

    Return leg, 10/09:
    Usbekistan vs Jordan
    Benjamin Williams
    Matthew Cream
    Hakan Anaz
    Strebre Delovski (Aus)
    Toru Kamikawa (Jpn)

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    1. Big task for Williams, a ticket for WC I would guess, in case of a good performance.

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  15. Back on topic, don't you think that the eliminated team (Vikingur) has the right to ask for the repetition of the match?
    UEFA could be in trouble

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    1. Of course, Inter Turku (my mistake)

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    2. I am sure that in case of an official complaint lodged by Turku UEFA has no arguments to reject it. And if, Turku still could go to CAS.

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  16. International Friendly 14 August.

    England - Scotland (celebration of 150 years of English FA)

    Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
    Assistant 1: Alessandro Rocha Matos (BRA)
    Assistant 2: Molefe Enock (RSA)
    Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)

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    1. Great sense of humour! This is the reason for such appointment:
      'England are the only nation to have provided four World Cup final (or final game) referees: George Reader in Brazil 1950, William Ling in Switzerland 1954, Jack Taylor in West Germany 1974 and Howard Webb in South Africa in 2010.
      The FA has appointed officials from those nations: Brazil (assistant referee Alessandro Rocha Matos), Switzerland (fourth official Alain Bieri), Germany (Brych) and South Africa (assistant referee Enock Molefe).'

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    2. It sees a joke, Rocha and Enock must be there only for this friendly?

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    3. I rather believe the involved officials will consider that as a huge honour ;)

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    4. Anonymous10/8/13 01:10

      International friendly on 13 August:

      England u21 - Scotland u21

      Referee : Danny Desmond Makkelie
      Assistant-referee 1: Charl Schaap
      Assistant-referee 2: Jan de Vries

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  17. Anonymous10/8/13 00:09

    International Friendly 14 August. Brussels 21:00

    Belgium - France

    Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
    AR1 : Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
    AR2 : Damien Mac Graith (SCO)
    4Of : ? (BEL)

    RPC

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    1. Mr. McGraith is from Republic of Ireland. He's also presented as compatriot of Thomson at FFF's site... I don't know is it mistake or just mixed team.

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    2. Anonymous11/8/13 01:09

      Thanks for the news Usmund

      Sorry, I don't good speak engels

      Questions :

      The normaal assistants of Craig Thomson, Derek ROSE (one important fout, goal off-side Malaga) and Alasdair ROSS (Two off-side position goal Borussia Dortmund) 1/4 final CL are suspended by Comitee Referee UEFA ??? and supply for saison 2013-2014 by Alan Mulvanny and Damien Mac Graith (IRL) or not suspended ???

      Groeten
      RPC

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    3. I doubt that because both assistants Rose and Ross already were active in the qualifying rounds during the last weeks.

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    4. Anonymous14/8/13 23:37

      Thank you Niclas and congratulations for your blog

      Update : Belgium - France : 0-0 (2-2 was better)

      4 Official : Yves De Neve (FIFA Assistant Referee Belgium)

      For me, very, very good prestation for Craig Thomson and for the assistants Alan Mulvanny and Damien Mac Graith (better than Rose and Ross)

      Note : 8.4 or 8.5 for the three

      3 yellow cards (1 for Belgium and 2 for France)

      RPC

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    5. Thank you very much for all three things, compliments, fourth official and observations.

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