Russian referee suspended by UEFA in match-fixing case

UEFA says Sergey Lapochkin has been suspended for 90 days during an investigation of a suspected match-fixing case.

Sergey Lapochkin shows a yellow card during a Russian Premier League contest in April, 2012. Lapochkin has been on the FIFA-managed list of match officials approved for international games since 2013. - GETTY IMAGES

Russian referee Sergey Lapochkin has been suspended for 90 days during an investigation of a suspected match-fixing case, UEFA said on Thursday. UEFA did not specify details of the ongoing disciplinary case against Lapochkin, who was provisionally suspended on March 25.

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Russian media reported it relates to the referee allegedly failing in his duty to inform UEFA about an approach to corrupt a game. The game is reportedly a Europa League qualifier in July 2018 between Ventspils and Bordeaux. The French team won 1-0 in Latvia.

Lapochkin has been on the FIFA-managed list of match officials approved for international games since 2013.

He has handled a 2018 World Cup qualifying game between Albania and Liechtenstein, and games in qualifying rounds for the Champions League and Europa League.

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