Europa League: match fixing? UEFA opens proceedings against referee Lapochkin

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Russian FIFA referee Sergei Lapotschkin. This was announced by UEFA on Thursday.

The 39-year-old FIFA referee, who has been temporarily banned for 90 days since the end of March, is suspected of having committed misconduct in connection with possible match-fixing.

According to Russian media, in July 2018 before the qualifying game for the Europa League between the Latvian club FK Ventspils and Girondins Bordeaux there was an attempt to get Lapotschkin to influence the game. The Russian did not report this attempt to UEFA.

Latvian investigators had come across contact between a suspect and the referee while evaluating telephone conversations. This information was passed on to UEFA. UEFA named relevant Articles 11 (2) (a) and 12 (2) (a) and (d) as the basis for the proceedings against Lapochkin on Thursday.

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