A referee in Serbia sentenced to 15 months in prison and 10 years of disqualification for favoring a team

Srdjan Obradovic, the convicted referee.

Referee Srdjan Obradovic has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and ten years of disqualification for abusing the position by favoring during a match of the first division in May 2018 to Spartak Subotica against Radnicki Nis.

The judgment of first instance, which can be appealed, was issued by the Chamber of fight against corruption of the High Court of Novi Sad (north)reported the Serbian news agency Tanjug.

According to the sentence, Obradovic is also prohibited from holding any position in the National Football Federation during the ten years.

The victory in the match of the penultimate day of the Serbian Super League played on May 13, 2018 in Subotica between Spartak and Radnicki had to take one of the two teams to third place in the national league and with it to qualifications for the Europa League.

Spartak won 2-0 after two penalties, one of them then described by the sports press as “scandalous”, and with one more player, since a rival scorer was sent off with a red card.

The Police questioned the referee after the game because his performance raised suspicions of a possible fix and his testimony was used to report him to the prosecution.

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