The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has heavily descended on match officials exposed during the recently released Anas investigation on African football.
CAF made the decision to punish the aforementioned match officials through its disciplinary committee on Saturday, July 7.
Eleven match officials were handed various degrees of ban from all CAF related football activities, while eleven others have been suspended until they appear before the body’s disciplinary committee on the 5th of August.
The banned match officials include Kenyan assistant referee Marwa Range (life ban); Burkina Faso referee Boukari Quedraogo (5 years ban); Ivorian referee Denis Dembele (6 years ban); Ivorian assistant referee Marius Tan (2 years ban); Ivorian assistant referee Bi Valerie Gouho (2 years ban); Ivorian referee Coulibaly Abou (2 years ban); Gambian assistant referee Jallow Ebrima (10 years ban); Malian assistant referee Moriba Diakite (5 years ban); Mauritania assistant referee Demba Boubou (5 years ban); Niger Republic assistant referee Maman Raja Abba Malan Ousseni (5 years ban); and Togolese referee Yanissou Bebou (10 years ban).
Ten Ghanaian match officials were suspended by the body’s disciplinary board and they include referee Lathbridge Reginald, referee Bello Aboudou, assistant referee Nantierre Eric, referee Fleischer Cecil, referee Anafo Nathan, referee Quedraogo Dawood, assistant referee Salifu Malik, women assistant referee Akongyam Theresa, assistant referee Badiu Brahim and assistant referee David Laryea.
Liberian referee Yekeh Jerry completes the lineup of suspended match officials.
Anas investigation became public knowledge when the extent of corruption in Ghanaian football was revealed.
The investigation spearheaded by Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Anas implicated suspended Ghana Football Association (FA), Kwesi Nyantakyi and that led to his resignation from his post as CAF’s 1st Vice President.