Fraud scandal in Serbian football!
In the Serbian First League, the referee Srdjan Obradovic was sentenced to 15 months in prison. The reason: Completely wrong, obviously manipulated decisions in a league game that was about qualifying for the Europa League.
Two wrong penalties, one yellow-red card – 15 months in prison!
May 13, 2018: The fourth in the Serbian league, Spartak Subotica, meets third in the table, Radnički Niš. It is the sixth of seven match days of the “master play-offs”, in which the best eight teams in the Serbian league system each play once against each other. The third can take part in the Europa League qualification, the fourth is empty-handed at the end.
Spartak Subotica wins the game 2-0. However, the man of the game does not come from your own team: The referee decides the match through crazy wrong decisions. First he wrongly sends a Radnički player off the field in the 49th minute, then he gives two penalties that are completely unfounded – Nemanja Nikolic doesn’t care, he converts both penalties (66th / 79th) and his team is behind the game with three points ahead of third place.
Now it became known that referee Obradovic – unsurprisingly – cheated. He was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment in the first instance and has also been banned by the Serbian Football Association for ten years. Both the public prosecutor and the defense can appeal against the judgment.
Curious: In the end there was still compensatory justice! On the 37th and final day of the season, Spartak Subotica lost 2-0 at Partizan Belgrade, while Radnički Niš beat FK Napredak 4-1. This moved Radnički to third place in the table. The team then failed in the second round of the Europa League qualification at Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The cheating of referee Obradovic was ultimately completely in vain – and now has bitter consequences for him.