Ukrainian referee Oleh Orekhov has lost his appeal against a life ban from football for helping fix matches.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Orekhov’s appeal against his expulsion by UEFA last March.
UEFA found he breached “principles of loyalty and integrity,” but did not divulge which matches were fixed.
However, Orekhov was named in a German criminal court as influencing the outcome of a Europa League match between FC Basel and CSKA Sofia in November 2009 on behalf of a crime syndicate’s betting coup.
Orekhov, 43, officiated in two 2010 World Cup qualifying matches, including eventual winner Spain’s 3-0 victory against Estonia.