9th July 2018

CAF bans eleven referees and suspends eleven

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned eleven referees for terms ranging from two years to life and has provisionally suspended another eleven, over allegations that they accepted money to influence the results of matches. The CAF will consider the cases of the 11 provisionally suspended referees on 5 August.

It is understood that the bans and provisional suspensions are the result of an investigation into allegations made by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which involved over 100 individuals involved in 150 corrupt payments. The journalist alleged that on-field officials took corrupt payments ahead of Ghanaian Premier League, CAF Champions League and international matches.

This included Kenyan referee Adel Range Marwa, whom the CAF has sanctioned with a life ban. Marwa was alleged to have accepted a $600 payment ahead of an African Cup of Nations game, and pulled out of officiating at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was filmed accepting money in the documentary, resigned as President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on 8 June, and is facing an investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee. In a detailed statement issued on 18 June, he argued that he was set up by the documentary makers.

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