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#Number12: CAF slaps Kenya’s Marwa Range with life ban, 10 others get various sanctions

The Confederation of Africa Football has banned Kenyan assistant referee Marwa Range for life from all football activities by the governing body.

This comes after Anas Aremeyaw Anas sent a copy of his “Number 12” video to CAF.

The other ten other match officials includes, Boukari Ouedraogo, Referee (Burkina Faso), Denis Dembele, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire), Marius Tan, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire), Bi Valere Gouho, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire), Coulibay Abou, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire), Jallow Ebrima, Assistant Referee (Gambia), Moriba Diakite, Assistant Referee (Mali), Demba Boubou, Assistant Referee (Mauritania), Maman Raja Abba Malan Ousseini, Assistant Referee (Niger) and Yanissou Bebou, Referee (Togo) – have also been given various bans ranging between two and ten years after a Disciplinary Board sitting on Saturday.

A Caf release announcing the decisions only mentioned they were based on “cases of the referees named in media” but are believed to be from the recent revelations by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

However, several football officials were captured on camera accepting bribe in a sting operation by the Ghanaian undercover journalist.

Marwa Range, who was included in the match officials in the ongoing World Cup in Russia, had to withdraw from his role as an assistant referee after he was shown in a footage accepting six hundred dollars from a man posing as an official of a Ghanaian premiership team.

Below is the Caf release:

On 7th July 2018, the Disciplinary Board of Confédération Africaine de Football held a meeting in order to decide over the cases of the referees named in media.

The following decisions were taken by the CAF Disciplinary Board regarding the referees involved.

  1. Marwa Range, Assistant Referee (Kenya): life ban from all CAF related football activities;
  2. Boukari Ouedraogo, Referee (Burkina Faso): 5 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  3. Denis Dembele, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 6 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  4. Marius Tan, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  5. Bi Valere Gouho, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  6. Coulibay Abou, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  7. Jallow Ebrima, Assistant Referee (Gambia): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  8. Moriba Diakite, Assistant Referee (Mali) : 5 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  9. Demba Boubou, Assistant Referee (Mauritania) : 5 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  10. Maman Raja Abba Malan Ousseini, Assistant Referee (Niger) :5 years ban from all CAF related football activities;
  11. Yanissou Bebou, Referee (Togo): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities.

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