- South African football referee Victor Gomes reported an attempt to bribe him into fixing a CAF fixture to the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
- Gomes was reportedly offered R362 000 to throw the first leg tie between Nigerian side Plateau United and USM Alger of Algeria
- Due to ongoing investigations into the matter, it remains unclear which (if any) of the sides was involved in the bribe
South African football referee Victor Gomes has reported an attempt to bribe him into fixing a Confederation of African Football (CAF) fixture between Nigerian side Plateau United and USM Alger of Algeria to CAF authorities.
Gomes was reportedly offered $30 000 (about R362 000) to throw the result in the first leg tie between the sides, but he refused and reported the incident to the proper authorities immediately.
Gomes was in Lagos, Nigeria along with his assistant referees Johannes Moshidi and Athenkosi Ndongeni‚ and regular Premier Soccer League referee Thando Ndzandzeka‚ who acted as the fourth official.
Briefly.co.za gather that the incident has been verified by two independent sources. Due to ongoing investigations into the matter, it remains unclear which (if either) of the two sides were involved in the bribe.
It remains unclear whether the bribe was offered by someone associated with either of the clubs or, more likely, one of the betting syndicates which operates in Nigeria. The details are only likely to be made clear once CAF releases its official findings into the incident.
Buying referees is a long-standing problem in Africa and one with which South African fans are intimately familiar after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of match-fixing in South Africa’s 2-1 FIFA World Cup qualifier victory over Senegal in November 2016.
Lamptey was bribed by a betting syndicate. South Africa lost the replay 2-0, a result which helped knock the team out of contention to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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