Gambian referee gets 10 years ban

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned Gambian referee Ebrima Jallow for 10 years after his involvement in a bribery scandal during WAFU football championship in Ghana.

As reported by Ghana News, the African football governing body has taken disciplinary action against 11 officials implicated in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ documentary which exposed corruption in football administration in Africa.

The decision was taken after Disciplinary Board of CAF meeting held on 7 July on referees who were captured in the secretly recorded video taking bribes before officiating various games.

Assistant Referee Mr. Ebrima Jallow was handed 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities. Others were banned for years ranging from 2 to 10, a press release issued by CAF on Saturday announced.

Mr. Yanissou Bebou, Referee from Togo was also banned for 10 years, whiles Kenyan Assistant Referee Mr. Marwa Range was handed a life ban from all CAF related football activities.

An Ivorian referee Mr. Denis Dembele was also banned for 6 years from all CAF related football activities. Those banned for five years are: Mr. Boukari Ouedraogo, Referee, Burkina Faso; Mr. Moriba Diakite, Assistant Referee, Mali; Mr. Demba Boubou, Assistant Referee, Mauritania; and Mr. Maman Raja Abba Malan Ousseini, Assistant Referee, Niger.

Two Assistant Referees, Mr. Marius Tan and Mr. BiValereGouho as well as Mr. Coulibay Abou, a Referee, all from Cote d’Ivoire were banned for two years. However, the statement said three Ghanaians implicated in the documentary video dubbed ‘Number 12’, Mr. Lathbridge Reginald, Referee; Mr. Bello Aboudou, Referee, Mr. Nantierre Eric, Assistant Referee were provisionally suspended pending their appearance before the Disciplinary Board on 5 August 2018.

Author: Pa Modou Cham
Source: Picture: Ebrima Jallow