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UEFA decision to ban match official

UEFA announces that Ukrainian referee Oleh Orekhov has been banned from all football activities for life, after he had been charged with being in breach of UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has banned Oleh Orekhov, a referee from Ukraine, for life from all football activities.

Based on information from ongoing investigations by German police into match-fixing and corruption, the Control and Disciplinary Body took the decision today when it examined the case of Orekhov, who had been suspended provisionally for 30 days last month.

The Ukrainian match official had been charged for being in breach of the principles of loyalty and integrity under Article 5 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. With UEFA's ruling subject to appeal within three days of the sending of the reasons for the decision, Orekhov has chosen to appeal against the sanction.

The decisions taken by the Control and Disciplinary Body are sporting ones instigated by UEFA, allowed under the Statutes of UEFA and governed by the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, edition 2008. As such these are therefore separate sporting decisions unrelated to the ongoing police investigation and criminal proceedings being conducted by the Bochum police authorities.