FIFA kicks African referee out of 2018 World Cup after bribery allegations

FIFA kicks African referee out of 2018 World Cup after bribery allegations

- Kenyan referee Aden Marwa will no longer be allowed to officiate at the 2018 World Cup

- He has been alleged to have taken bride and said to have been dropped by FIFA

- The 41-year-old was seen in a video in his hotel accepting money from an official

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Kenyan referee Aden Marwa who was among the officials named to officiate in the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been implicated in a bribery scandal seven days to the championship.

The referee was alleged to have received a paltry sum in bribes and however forfeited his salary for appearing at the World Cup.

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Aden Marwa is said to be among the referees caught on camera receiving cash bribes in an investigative report by Ghanaian reporter Anas Aremeyaw.

The journalist was said to have approached referee Aden Marwa while posing as a Ghanaian football official during the last African Nation Championship (CHAN).

Aden Marwa first featured in the 2011 Fifa U-17 World Cup and was among the only four other referees picked from Africa to officiate in the 2018 World Cup that is set to kick-off on June 14 to July 15.

The 41-year-old referee is also said to be a Mathematics and Chemistry teacher at Komotobo Secondary school in Migori County according to the report by Goal.

FIFA and CAF are not taking the issue of bribery with levity as they have warned officials to stay away from the act.

Earlier, had reported how the Confederation of African Football (CAF) banned Nigerian referee Joseph Ogabor for one year for ”attempted match manipulation” during an international club match.

The decision was made after investigations were conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials who were in charge of a Confederation Cup game in Lagos on April 7 between Nigerian team Plateau United and Algerian club USM Alger which Plateau United won it 2-1.

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