Gambian ref caught receiving money in Anas exposé

Gambian assistant referee Ebrima Jallow has been caught on camera taking cash to influence a match in a documentary showing corruption on African football by Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

The documentary, dubbed “#Number12 and Betraying the game” was released to show Ghana’s football boss Kwesi Nyantakyi and hundreds of local and international referees and officials taking cash bribes and gifts.

The two-year undercover investigation indicted Jallow, who was recorded taking $500 from Anas’ men who posed as Ghanaian fans hours ahead of a West African Football Union (WAFU) tournament match between Ghana and Mali in 2017.

The 33-year-old, when receiving the money to influence the match said: “It’s happening everywhere in Africa (bribing referees) but it isn’t important. What is important there is the relationship.”

Jallow incurred the wrath of Gambians who were taken aback with revelations from the documentary.

Local football governing body, the GFF, yesterday released a statement through its secretary general, saying that it is “taking this matter very seriously and is currently doing everything possible to establish the facts but also strictly following the due process.”

The Federation’s statement added: “The appropriate committees and officials within the Federation are on the case since the news broke last night on social media platforms and some online newspapers. We therefore crave the indulgence of the general public to be a little bit patient with the Federation, in this very crucial time.”

Gambia Sports meanwhile understands that the official has resigned from refereeing until investigations are completed by the Gambia Football Federation and is set to release a statement with regards to the ongoing saga.

Jallow, born in 1985, received his FIFA assistant referee’s badges in 2015.