Caf Hands Liberian Referee Jerry Yekeh And 10 Ghanaian Referees Provisional Ban
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has handed down a provisional ban for Liberia’s Deputy Chief Football referee Jerry Yekeh and ten Ghanaian referees following the release of a video by an undercover Ghanaian Journalist, Anas A. Anas.
Jerry Yekeh and the ten Ghanaian Referees will have to make appearances before a Caf disciplinary board on 5th August to clear their names of wrongdoing.
According to report, Jerry Yekeh, one of Liberia’s best football referees was seen in a video released by Anas wherein the three referees for the WAFU Final between Ghana and Mali were given $500.00usd each.
It is not clear if Jerry Yekeh got some of the money as he was not seen receiving money in the video like the others.
The Liberian Referee will have to pay for his own travels and other expenses to Caf headquarters to appear before the Caf disciplinary board on August 5th.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has also banned Kenyan referee, Aden Marwa, from all football activities for life.
The ruling comes after the referee was filmed by Anas Aremayaw Anas accepting money ahead of the Russia World Cup.
Marwa, who had been chosen to officiate in Russia, was dropped from the World Cup list following Anas’ investigation.
He has denied any wrongdoing in response to the corruption allegations.
Ten other referees have been handed bans of between two and ten years.
Caf announced the sanctions following a meeting of its disciplinary board.
According to a brief statement, Caf said a total of 22 referees have been punished by African football’s ruling body with Togolese Yanissou Bebou and Gambian Jallow Ebrima banned for 10 years each.
Ivory Coast referee Denis Dembele, a regular on the African national team and club fixtures circuit, received a six-year ban.
A further seven match officials received suspensions ranging from between two and five years,
Last month, former Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned as Caf’s first vice-president over corruption allegations.
Mr Nyantakyi branded the video footage of him apparently taking cash gifts as “lies”.