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Ref charged in Bosnia sent home from U19 champs

July 25, 2013

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has sent home a referee from the Under-19 European Championship after the Bosnia-Herzegovina football federation opened disciplinary proceedings against him.

UEFA says it learned Wednesday of charges against Emir Aleckovic, and “therefore decided immediately to send the referee home.” Bosnian media reported that Aleckovic is accused of inappropriate behavior.

UEFA says the case relates to “alleged wrongdoings in Bosnia-Herzegovina” and doesn’t involve the under-19 tournament being played in Lithuania.

The Bosnian federation said in a statement it suspended Aleckovic during its investigation.

Aleckovic, who is 33, was promoted to FIFA’s list of international referees in 2010. He was among six referees at the UEFA tournament and worked a 0-0 draw between France and Georgia on Saturday.

He refereed a World Cup qualifier last September, when Hungary won 5-0 in Andorra.

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