CAF Bans Kenyan Referee For Life Over Bribery
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Saturday banned Kenya’s celebrated assistant referee Aden Marwa from all football activities for life after being caught in a bribery sting.
Marwa, who had been due to officiate at the ongoing World Cup in Russia, was handed a life ban, after he was filmed receiving a 600-dollar bribe during Confederation of African Football (CAF) assignment in Ghana.
He is one of 22 referees sanctioned by CAF in an unprecedented clean up, announced at the weekend.
A statement released by the CAF Disciplinary Board announced the sorry fate that befell the former teacher, but it failed to explain whether such a decision came as a consequence of investigation into the allegations.
“The following decisions were taken by the Caf Disciplinary board regarding the referees involved, Mr. Marwa Range, assistant referee (Kenya); life ban from all Caf related football activities,” statement partially reads.
Marwa, who was a reserve at the 2014 finals in Brazil, had earlier been removed from the list of match officials due to officiate in Russia.
The life ban was handed out by CAF’s disciplinary board, which also banned 10 other referees for between two years and 10 years for similar offences.
A further 11 persons have been suspended pending an appearance at the board in August.
African football has long been plagued by allegations of bribery but never before has CAF banned such a large number of officials.