Died of Soviet football referee Butenko

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Soviet football referee Valeri Butenko, died Thursday, February 13. About it reports Agency “Moscow”.

“February 13, in the 79th year of life died a famous Soviet referee Valeri Butenko. The Russian football Union expresses its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Valery Pavlovich,” announced the Russian football Union.

Butenko has been awarded the title of international referee of category FIFA in 1981. In the period from 1978 to 1991 it 13 times was one of the best referees of the football season.

During his playing career he played for “Dynamo” (Makhachkala), “Shakhtar” (Kiselevsk) and “Sakhalin” and “Frazier”. Took the pitch as a midfielder.