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Caf bans Ghanaian ref David Laryea for life, seven others get 10 years
The Confederation of African Football has banned eight Ghanaian referees in the wake of a recent corruption scandal in the country’s football. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has banned Ghanaian referee, David Laryea, from all football activities for life.
The ruling comes after the referee was filmed by undercover journalist, Anas Aremayaw Anas, accepting money to influence the outcome of matches.
Seven other Ghanaian referees have been handed bans of 10 years.
Caf announced the sanctions following a meeting of its disciplinary board on Monday, August 5.
According to a brief statement, Caf said a total of 15 referees have been punished by African football’s ruling body with Laryea, who officiated at 2013 U-20 World Cup, receiving a lifetime ban.
Referees Reginald Lathbridge, Salifu Malik, Eric Nantierre, Cecil Fleischer, Ouedraogo Dawood, Akongyam Theresa and Wellington Joseph have all been handed 10-year bans.
Another seven referees have been provisionally banned pending appearances before a Caf disciplinary board.
This comes two days after the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) suspended 74 referees also in reaction to the investigative piece by Anas.
The documentary, officially titled, ‘When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm’ popularly as ‘Number 12’, takes a sweeping look at cases of match-fixing and its effects on honest and hardworking footballers, compromised match officials.
The investigative piece which shook the nation revealed how some officials in at the GFA allegedly took bribes to influence matches.
Following the expose, FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi who was seen in the documentary resigned and is currently under investigation.
This was after a charge of defrauding by false pretence was levelled against him.
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