CAF Bans Nigerian Referee Over Match-fixing Scandal

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Nigerian referee Joseph Ogabor has been placed on a one-year ban by CAF for  allegedly attempting to manipulate the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup  match  between Plateau United and USM Algers.

South African referee Victor Gomes reported to CAF that one of the two clubs attempted to bribe him and his assistants   with $30,000 to fix the first leg at Agege Stadium in Lagos on April 8. The Nigerian champions won the encounter  2-1 and lost the reverse fixture  in Algeria 4-0  to  crash out of the competition.

CAF Referees Committee on Sunday said Ogabor  was found guilty by the CAF Disciplinary Board and recommended  that he should be banned for one year.

A statement on CAF’s  website on Sunday said, “The CAF Referees Committee on April 28, 2018 confirmed the recommendation of the CAF Disciplinary Board to ban Nigeria referee Joseph Ogabor from any official mission for one year for attempted match manipulation with respect to the Total CAF Confederation Cup 1/16th round first leg between Plateau United (Nigeria) and USM Alger (Algeria) played on April 7, 2018 in Lagos.

“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.”

The committee warned Plateau to desist from giving  hospitality gifts to match  officials. The South African Football Association was also asked to apologise to the Nigeria Football Federation, who was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident.

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