-Africa’s football governing body has handed out bans to referees implicated in Anas’ ‘Number 12’ documentary
-The bans were from 2 years upwards with one referee suffering a lifetime ban
- Anas’ ‘Number 12’ sought to expose the rot in African football
The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has taken disciplinary action against some 11 officials implicated in Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ ‘Number 12’ documentary which sought to expose corruption in football administration on the African continent.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on 3news.com, the decision was taken after the Disciplinary Board of CAF held a meeting on July 7, 2018, on referees who were captured in the secretly-recorded undercover video taking bribes before officiating various games.
The causalities that were recorded saw Kenyan Assistant Referee, Mr. Marwa Range, handed a life ban from all CAF related football activities.
According to the press release from CAF on Saturday July 7, other officials implicated in the video were banned between 2 and 10 years.
Mr. Yanissou Bebou, Referee from Togo and Mr. Jallow Ebrima, Assistant Referee from Gambia, have were suspended for 10 years from all CAF-related football activities.
An Ivorian referee Mr. Denis Dembele, was banned for 6 years from all CAF-related football activities.
Those banned for five years included: Mr. Boukari Ouedraogo, Referee from Burkina Faso; Mr. Moriba Diakite, Assistant Referee from Mali; Mr. Demba Boubou, Assistant Referee from Mauritania and Mr. Maman Raja Abba Malan Ousseini, Assistant Referee from Niger.
Two Assistant Referees, Mr. Marius Tan and Mr. Bi Valere Gouho as well as Mr. Coulibay Abou, a Referee, all from Cote d’Ivoire, were banned for two years.
The CAF statement had it that, the three Ghanaians implicated in the documentary video, Mr. Lathbridge Reginald, Referee; Mr. Bello Aboudou, Referee; and Mr. Nantierre Eric, Assistant Referee were provisionally suspended pending their appearance before the Disciplinary Board on 5th August 2018.
Former Ghana Football Association President, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi was compelled to resign as the First Vice President of CAF in June following the public screening of the investigative video which implicated him.
He is currently in court seeking damages against journalist Anas Aremeyaw and his Tiger Eye PI firm for defamation.
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