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Appeals Body confirms ref ban

The decision of UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body to impose a life ban from all football activities on Ukrainian referee Oleg Oriehkov has been upheld by the UEFA Appeals Body.

The UEFA Appeals Body has rejected the appeal by Ukrainian referee Oleg Oriehkov against a life ban from all football activities.

Based on information from ongoing investigations by German police into match-fixing and corruption, the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body took the initial decision on 18 March when it examined the case.

The Ukrainian match official was found guilty of being in breach of the principles of loyalty and integrity under Article 5 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

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