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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Attempted match manipulation: CAF bans Nigerian referee, Ogabor, for one year


The Referees Committee of the Confederation of African Football has confirmed the recommendation of its Disciplinary Board to ban Nigerian referee, Joseph Ogabor, from any official mission for one year over attempted match manipulation.

A statement on CAF website on Sunday said this was 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 followed investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the match contacted by Ogabor who offered to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team.

Plateau United was also cautioned to refrain from the practice of “hospitality gifts” “which tend to create wrong impression.”

In a related development, the South African Football Association has been ordered to tender an apology to the Nigeria Football Federation.

This was after investigations proved that there was no evidence of any official of the NFF being linked to an allegation of $30,000 bribe.


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