Match-Fix Probe Claims Another Victim As Ukraine Referee Is Banned For Life

LONDON, England -- Ukrainian referee Oleh Orekhov has been banned for life from football by European federation UEFA after being found guilty of involvement in a match-fixing scandal.

Oleh Orekhov

The European federation did not specify either the leagues or particular matches in which he helped to influence results but police officers based in Bochum, Germany, have been investigating more than 200 matches played in at least 11 countries.

UEFA said Orekhov, who has three days in which to appeal, had been punished on the basis of information “from ongoing investigations by German police into match-fixing and corruption." It added that had “breached principles of loyalty and integrity."

Last month UEFA banned Bosnian referee Novo Panic for life “from any football activities” following an investigation into his links with a match-fixing ring. A Croatian referee, Tomislav Setka, was suspended until July 2011.

Another inter-linked dosser is being studied by the Cypriot authorities, according to the island's justice minister, Loucas Louca. The outcome of three top division matches is being investigated, one of the games apparently involving a club in the top four who are former champions.

Kostas Koutsokoumnis, president of the Cyprus federation, said: “This whole issue has shocked us because we never expected to have matches which, according to UEFA, could have been fixed in this particular way."

Source: Soccer World