CAF suspends referees over Anas’ Number #12 sting job

BY: Isaac Yeboah
Aden Marwa Range gets life ban
Aden Marwa Range gets life ban

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has provisionally suspended 10 Ghanaian referees while handing down various punitive bans on 11 others, including a life sentence on celebrated Kenyan assistant referee Aden Marwa Range from all football activities.

The sanctions were handed on Saturday by CAF’s Disciplinary Board and are in connection with the latest undercover works of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas into football corruption.

Ghanaian referees Reginald Lathbridge, Bello Aboudou, Eric Nantiere, Cecil Fleischer, Nathan Anafo, Ouedraogo Dawood, Salifu Malik, Theresa Akongyam, Badiu Ibrahim and David Laryea, along with Liberian Yekeh Jerry have been suspended provisionally pending their appearance before CAF’s Disciplinary Board on August 5, 2018.

Four Ivorian officials, a Togolese, Nigerien, Mauritanian, Malian, Gambian and a Burkinabe were all handed varying bans, beside the life sentence imposed on the Kenyan.

Below is the list of those sanctioned and their respective sanctions.

No. Name Country Sanction
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 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