Serhiy Bekker, the Ukrainian football side referee has been staying at a hospital in Greece for three months in a row. In October 2018, the linesman was supposed to service a game in this country; however, on the eve of the match, they found him at a hotel suite, suffering consequences of a stroke. Kostyantyn Andriyuk, the sports journalist posted that on Facebook.
'There's this referee assistant, Serhiy Bekker. He serviced 21 or 22 games between Dynamo and Shakhtar. On October 24, the day before the European competition game in Greece, he was found at a hotel suite with the stroke. They saved him, but that entailed a long-lasting treatment. The UEFA insurance policy allowed to allocate 80,000 Euros, and the Greek football federation gave some more. The Federation of Football of Ukraine gave 0 Euros, 00 percent. Serhiy Bekker is still at a Greek hospital. One month of treatment costs some 10,000 Euros', Andriyuk said.
According to him, the referee's father sold his own car to save his son. Ukrainian football referees also joined in.
'(...) In total, they collected some 6,000 dollars. I wonder how much Luciano Lucci, the head of the Referees' Committee, donated for that purpose? How much did Federation President Pavelko, First Vice President Kholodnytsky, First Vice President Kostyuchenko give? (...) There are the people who came here to develop football and care about it. But what about caring about the life and health of their own employee?', Andriyuk wrote.
He turned to the teams' owners, presidents and club managers, asking to help treat the referee and bring him home.