The Malta Independent 18 January 2019, Friday

Watch: Serbian football referee detained for awarding non-existent penalty

Associated Press Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 22:38 Last update: about 9 months ago

Police say a Serbian soccer referee has been detained for awarding a non-existent penalty during an important league match.

Police say Srdjan Obradovic is suspected of "committing a criminal act of abusing his official position."

Obradovic awarded the penalty to Spartak Subotica in the weekend match against Radnicki Nis that gave the home side a 2-0 victory. The two teams are fighting for a spot in the Europa League.

Police say Obradovic "is suspected of favoring the home side."


TV footage shows that the ball did not hit a Radnicki defender in his hand in the penalty area.

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