Serbian referee slapped with FIFTEEN-MONTH prison sentence and ten-year ban from football after awarding contentious penalty April 1, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
A referee has been handed a 15-month prison sentence and ten-year ban from football after awarding a scandalous penalty.
Srbjan Obradovic pointed to the spot contentiously on two occasions, with both spot kicks scored, in Spartak Subotica’s 2-0 win against Radnicki Nis in the Serbian league in 2018.
The decisions came in a crucial league’s play-off encounter, with the winner landing a key advantage in securing Europa League qualification.
Radnicki Nis also had a man dismissed – namely Milan Padkov who now plays for Red Star Belgrade – while the scores were still level.
Pavkov was dealt his marching orders after being handed a second yellow card two minutes after his first.
The forward attended the ref’s trial as a key witness and Obradovic has now been slapped with a 15-month jail-term three years on from the incident, Serbian news agency Tanjug report.
The report added that Obradovic’s defence that he saw a handball which was confirmed to him by his assistant.
The official has also been banned from any role with the Serbian FA for a decade.