CAF ban Nigerian referee Joseph Ogabor for one year
The CAF Referees Committee have banned Nigerian referee Joseph Ogabor for one year for attempted match manipulation.
The incident occurred during Nigerian side Plateau United’s encounter with USM Alger of Algeria in the first-leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs in Lagos.
Ogabor contacted the South African match officials who were in charge of that game to provide “technical assistance” ahead of the game, which Plateau United won 2-1.
“The decision follows investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the said match, who were contacted by Ogabor to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team,” a Caf statement read.
“Also, Plateau United was cautioned to refrain from the practice of hospitality gifts which tend to create wrong impression.
“In a related development, the South African Football Association have been ordered to render 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,” the statement added.
Algerian side USM Alger managed to win the return-leg 4-0, thanks to strikes from Darfalou, Beldjilali, and Benkhemassa, and qualified for the group stages.
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