Top referee suspended over claims he helped fix match between Canada and Macedonia

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NYON, Switzerland - UEFA has suspended a top referee while it investigates him for allegedly helping to fix a recent Canada-Macedonia international friendly in a betting coup.
UEFA said Tuesday it will not appoint Bulgarian referee Anton Genov to a European match - an international, Champions League or Europa League fixture - while further investigations are carried out.
The European soccer authority said there were "obvious irregular betting patterns" during a Nov. 14 friendly match between Macedonia and Canada.
"After interviewing the referee in question, UEFA has decided not to appoint Anton Genov to any European matches until further notice," UEFA spokesman Rob Faulkner said in a statement.
Genov awarded four penalties, two to each side, during Macedonia's 3-0 victory in Skopje.
Canadian coach Stephen Hart said his memory of the officiating was that the Bulgarian called a "tight, tight" game,
"Anything was really a foul. It was along those lines, any sort of contact was a foul," he told The Canadian Press on Tuesday "The penalty situation, it was just odd that four penalties would be called.
"But having said that, other than that I didn't really pay much attention to it. I just thought we're playing away from home and you're getting these calls that are consistent with playing away from home."
Iain Hume and Simeon Jackson took the Canadian penalties. Hume shot wide and Jackson was stopped by the Macedonian 'keeper.
Goran Pandev converted both Macedonian penalties.
German police are conducting Europe's biggest ever match-fixing probe, involving more than 200 matches in at least 11 countries.
UEFA said last month it was investigating three top referees.
Croatian betting syndicates based in Germany are suspected of bribing players, coaches, referees and other officials to fix games, and are believed to have made at least $US15 million.
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino described match-fixing as a "cancer we need to eradicate."
On Monday, the Bulgarian soccer federation fired the country's referee commission, which is responsible for appointing officials to matches and assessing their performance.

Organizations: Canada-Macedonia, Champions League, Europa League Canadian Press

Geographic location: Macedonia, Canada, NYON Switzerland Skopje Europe Germany

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