CAF ban Kenyan referee for life over bribery

CAF ban Kenyan referee for life over bribery

According to an African Football Confederation [CAF] statement on Sunday, a referee from Kenya, Marwa Range, who had been chosen for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia has been banned for life after accepting a bribe.

Range was dropped from the World Cup list after a media sting exposed him accepting a $6,000 bribe from a journalist posing as a Ghanaian football official.

The brief CAF statement gave no details about what Range was expected to do in return for the cash.

Range is the second major casualty of a series of stings by Ghanaian journalists, which led to fellow countryman Kwesi Nyantakyi resigning as CAF first vice-president over bribery.

A total of 22 referees are affected by the CAF clean-up with Togolese Yanissou Bebou as well as Gambian Jallow Ebrima banned for 10 years each.

Ivory Coast referee Denis Dembele, a regular on the African national team and club fixtures circuit, was given a six-year ban.

A further seven match officials received suspensions ranging between two and five years, according to the statement.

Another eleven set of referees which includes 0 Ghanaians and one Liberian have been as an interim measure banned pending appearances before a CAF disciplinary board on August 5.

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