ACCRA — The Disciplinary Board of Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned eight Ghanaian referees who were exposed in a video-taped scandal which caught them receiving bribes to influence the outcome of matches in the Ghana Premier League and matches in other lower leagues.
The ban announced Tuesday was also extended to some referees from other parts of the continent, who were also caught in the controversial tape, while some referees were suspended for fixed periods.
Referee David Laryea has been give a life ban from all CAF-related football activities, while seven other referees — Lathbridge Reginald, Nantierre Eric, Fleischer Cecil, Mr. Ouedraogo Dawood, Salifu Malik, Akongyam Theresa, Wellington Joseph — received a 10-year ban from all CAF-related activities.
Four other Ghanaian referees have been provisionally been suspended, pending their appearance at the next meeting of the Disciplinary Board.
The expose by Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in a documentary aired in June prompted the CAF to take proactive steps to temporary suspend them.
Referees from other parts of Africa who were given temporary suspension included those from Madagascar, Republic of Congo, Liberia, Benin, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Senega.
The decisions were taken at a meeting of the CAF Disciplinary Board on Aug 5.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK