Football Federation (GFF) media officer Bakary B. Baldeh said the country’s
football governing body is disappointed with Gambian referee Ebrima Jallow’s
alleged involvement in bribery scandal.
Jallow was captured on camera by Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas for taking bribe during WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana.
Mr. Baldeh said the alleged referee Jallow is suspended from CAF related football matters for 10 years because of bribery. He added that when the scenario happened, the GFF called an emergency meeting were Jallow was invited to attend and he narrated his side regarding the allegation. “There was a time Ebrima Jallow was called by CAF to Cairo on hearing of his own case.”
According to him, he knew Jallow as a gentleman of absolute trust and confidence, which the GFF itself rested in him.
He commended Jallow for referring to the country, saying it was his brilliance in match officiating in the country that attracted CAF to assign him to officiate international matches.
“With this alleged scandal, I think his reputation has been tarnished and that is a very big disappointment for GFF and put GFF refereeing department at very serious pervert trial,” Baldeh said. He said both junior and senior referees in the country should be on their toes to make sure they did not fall into bad practices.
Mr. Baldeh advised the knights of the whistle to be very cautious and to stick to the ethics of refereeing because it is a noble profession. He reiterated that they are on sensitization campaign while calling on the referees for meeting and one of their agenda will be the incident that happened to their co-referee.
He called on young people to take up the challenge by emulating their mentors like Papa Gassama and others. “I want those representing The Gambia at international level to be good ambassadors and raise the country’s name in refereeing.”