A Nigerian referee identified as Joseph Ogabor, was handed a one year match ban by Confederation of African Football (CAF), following the Confederation Cup match between Nigeria’s Plateau United and USM Alger of Algeria’s he officiated on 7 April in Lagos.
According to CAF, the decision follows investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the said match, who were contacted by the Nigerian referee to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team”.
NAN reported that Plateau United was also cautioned to refrain from the practice of “hospitality gifts” “which tend to create wrong impression.”
The South African Football Association were also ordered to tender an apology to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), after investigations proved there was no evidence of whatsoever of any official of the NFF regarding an allegation of US$30,000 bribe.
Few months ago, four football referees in the southern African country of Malawi have been banned for life for match-fixing after they received just $20 between them to fix a game and returned $15 to the team doing the bribing because they still lost.
Referee Aziz Nyirenda, assistant referees Limbani Chisambi and Stephano Gomani, and fourth official Jimmy Phiri, were all found guilty of fixing a national cup match between lower league team Nchalo United and Chitipa United.
The match-fixing was revealed after Nchalo United, the team that bribed the refs, lost in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw and demanded their money back. When the referees could only stump up $15, Nchalo went to the authorities.
No sanctions was announced against the team but there is a case against Nchalo pending. The life ban for the four officials was announced by the Malawian referees association.
Although the result wasn’t what they were aiming for, Malawi National Referees Association general secretary Chris Kalichero said there was still an “element of game-fixing” by the officials and “when you commit such a crime, a life ban is the punishment.”