CAF bans and suspends some top African referees

By Mutala Yakubu
CAF
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned some top African referees and suspended others after these officials were caught in acts of bribery in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas expose on African football.

The most notable amongst them is top Kenyan assistant referee Aden Marwa who has been banned for life from all football-related activities.

Ten other referees were handed different bans of between two to 10 years while 11 were provisionally suspended pending their appearance in front of the board on August 5.

A statement from CAF read “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,".

Marwa was part of the 63 assistant referees who were expected at the 2018 World Cup but had to withdraw.

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Several other top officials from Ghana were amongst those suspended by CAF.

Below is the full media release from CAF:

MEDIA RELEASE
DECISIONS OF THE DISCIPLINARY BOARD OF 7th JULY 2018

On 7th July 2018, the Disciplinary Board of Confédération Africaine de Football held a
meeting in order to decide over the cases of the referees named in media.
The following decisions were taken by the CAF Disciplinary Board regarding the
referees involved.
1. Mr. Marwa Range, Assistant Referee (Kenya) : life ban from all CAF related
football activities;
2. Mr. Boukari Ouedraogo, Referee (Burkina Faso): 5 years ban from all CAF
related football activities;
3. Mr. Denis Dembele, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 6 years ban from all CAF related
football activities;
4. Mr. Marius Tan, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF
related football activities;
5. Mr. Bi Valere Gouho, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF
related football activities;
6. Mr. Coulibay Abou, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF related
football activities;
7. Mr. Jallow Ebrima, Assistant Referee (Gambia): 10 years ban from all CAF
related football activities;
8. Mr. Moriba Diakite, Assistant Referee (Mali) : 5 years ban from all CAF related
football activities;
9. Mr. Demba Boubou, Assistant Referee (Mauritania) : 5 years ban from all CAF
related football activities;
10.Mr. Maman Raja Abba Malan Ousseini, Assistant Referee (Niger) :5 years ban
from all CAF related football activities;
11.Mr. Yanissou Bebou, Referee (Togo): 10 years ban from all CAF related football
activities.

The following officials are provisionally suspended pending their appearance in front of
the Disciplinary Board on 5th August 2018.

1. Mr. Lathbridge Reginald, Referee (Ghana)
2. Mr. Bello Aboudou, Referee (Ghana)
3. Mr. Nantierre Eric, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
4. Mr. Fleischer Cecil, Referee (Ghana)
5. Mr. Anafo Nathan, Referee (Ghana)
6. Mr. Ouedraogo Dawood, Referee (Ghana)
7. Mr. Salifu Malik, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
8. Mrs. Akongyam Theresa, Women Assistant Referee (Ghana)
9. Mr. Badiu Brahim, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
10.Mr. Yekeh Jerry, Referee (Liberia)
11.Mr. David Laryea, Assistant Referee (Ghana)

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