Ref awards four penalties, faces probe

BERNE - Bulgarian referee Anton Genov is being investigated by UEFA after irregular betting patterns emerged over an international friendly in which he awarded four penalties.

BERNE - Bulgarian referee Anton Genov is being investigated by UEFA after irregular betting patterns emerged over an international friendly in which he awarded four penalties.

"Following obvious irregular betting patterns on the Macedonia vs Canada (friendly) on November 14, and after interviewing the referee in question, UEFA has decided not to appoint Anton Genov to any European matches until further notice while more investigations are carried out," European soccer's governing body said yesterday.

The penalties, two to each side, were all awarded in the second half of Macedonia's 3-0 victory.

Goran Pandev converted both penalties for Macedonia while Canada missed theirs, Iain Hume sending the first effort wide and Simeon Jackson having the second saved.

On Monday, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) dismissed its refereeing commission for the second time in 15 months, citing an increasing number of mistakes from officials. Several clubs have criticised refereeing this season. - Reuters

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