AGAIN, AXE FALLS ON ERRING GHANAIAN FOOTBALL REFEREES

AGAIN, AXE FALLS ON ERRING GHANAIAN FOOTBALL REFEREES

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has wielded the big stick, axing a Ghanaian assistant referee, David Laryea, for life and slamming seven other Ghanaian match officials with 10-year ban each.

They have been under investigation since last month when similar sanctions were imposed on some erring referees.

But technically, all the eight officials have their referee and match officiating careers ended. Prior to 2016, a referee must not be older than 45 years to be eligible for listing by FIFA.

None of the eight match official is less than 35 thus; a 10-year ban is almost a life sentence.

The latest sanction on Ghana match officials follows the FIFA life ban imposed last year on Joseph Lamptey who was accused of match manipulation of the World Cup qualifying duel of South Africa and Senegal. The match was consequently annulled and had to be replayed.

The various punishments were meted by CAF Disciplinary Board which met on Sunday and decided over the cases of the referees named the now widely known Anas exposé, which caught several of the referees on camera receiving bribes.

The current disciplinary measure is a follow-up to an earlier one that saw Kenya’s assistant referee, Aden Marwa Range, being handed a life ban last month. Range as originally to officiate at Russia 2018 World Cup.

Apart from the Kenyan referee sanctioned last month, 21 others, mainly from West Africa, were also sanctioned.

 

The decision of the Disciplinary Board runs thus:

  1. David Laryea, Assistant Referee (Ghana) : life ban from all CAF related football activities;
  2. Lathbridge Reginald, Referee (Ghana): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  3. Nantierre Eric, Assistant Referee (Ghana): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  4. Fleischer Cecil, Referee (Ghana): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  5. Ouedraogo Dawood, Referee (Ghana): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  6. Salifu Malik, Assistant Referee (Ghana): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  7. Akongyam Theresa, Women Assistant Referee (Ghana): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  8. Wellington Joseph, Technical Instructor (Ghana): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities.

The following officials are provisionally suspended pending their appearance in front of the next meeting of the Disciplinary Board

  1. Bello Aboudou, Referee (Benin)
  2. Baba Leno, Referee (Guinea)
  3. Aderito Marida Silva, Assistant Referee (Guinea Bissau)
  4. Daouda Gueye, Referee (Senegal)
  5. Nkounkou Messie, Referee (Congo)
  6. Yamba Armand Gildas, Assistant Referee (Congo)
  7. Blaise Boutamba, Assistant Referee (Congo)

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