Gambia and FIFA assistant referee Ebrima Jallow has been banned from all football activities for ten years by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after being caught on camera by Ghanaian undercover journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas accepting a “money gift”.
Jallow was suspended after a media sting exposed him accepting a $500 bribe to inflict Ghana’s match against Mali at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations.
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.”
Aden Range Marwa, who was due to assist Gambia and Africa’s best referee Bakary Papa Gassama at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, also fell prey to the investigators after he was caught receiving $600 bribe.
The Kenyan, who was due to pocket home $25,000 plus $2000 match allowance in Russia, has been banned for life from all CAF related football activities.
A total of 22 referees are affected by the CAF crackdown with Togolese Yanissou Bebou also banned for 10 years each.
Ivory Coast referee Denis Dembele, a regular on the African national team and club fixtures circuit, got a six-year ban.
A further seven match officials received suspensions ranging between two and five years, according to the statement.
Another 11 referees – 10 Ghanaians and one Liberian – have been provisionally banned pending appearances before a CAF disciplinary board on August 5.
Gambia Sports can confirm that Tiger Eye, Anas’ company, sent a guy to try to meet Gambia referee Bakary Papa Gassama to fix a game with their undercover reporter staying in a hotel insisting to meet Papa but the Gambian rejected and when motives were known, he was arrested and caught with cameras in his bag.
Last month, former Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned as CAF’s first vice-president over corruption allegations.
Mr. Nyantakyi branded the video footage of him apparently taking cash gifts “lies”.
- Marwa Range, Assistant Referee (Kenya) – life ban.
- Boukari Ouedraogo, Referee (Burkina Faso) – 5 years ban.
- Denis Dembele, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire) – 6 years ban.
- Marius Tan, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire) – 2 years ban.
- Bi Valere Gouho, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire) – 2 years ban.
- Coulibay Abou, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire) – 2 years ban.
- Jallow Ebrima, Assistant Referee (Gambia) – 10 years ban.
- Moriba Diakite, Assistant Referee (Mali) – 5 years ban.
- Demba Boubou, Assistant Referee (Mauritania) – 5 years ban.
- Maman Raja Abba Malan Ousseini, Assistant Referee (Niger) – 5 years ban.
- Yanissou Bebou, Referee (Togo) – 10 years ban.
Officials provisionally suspended pending their appearance in front of the Disciplinary Board:
- Lathbridge Reginald, Referee (Ghana)
- Bello Aboudou, Referee (Ghana)
- Nantierre Eric, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
- Mr. Fleischer Cecil, Referee (Ghana)
- Mr. Anafo Nathan, Referee (Ghana)
- Mr. Ouedraogo Dawood, Referee (Ghana)
- Mr. Salifu Malik, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
- Mrs. Akongyam Theresa, Women Assistant Referee (Ghana)
- Mr. Badiu Brahim, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
- Mr. Yekeh Jerry, Referee (Liberia)
- Mr. David Laryea, Assistant Referee (Ghana)