CAF Slams One-Year Ban On Nigerian Referee Joseph Ogabor

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has slapped Nigerian Referee Joseph Ogabor with a one-year ban for his role in CAF Confederation Cup Group Stage Playoff 1st Leg Clash between Plateau United FC of Nigeria and Algerian side USM Alger played at the Soccer Temple in Agege, Lagos on April 7, 2018.

According to the Referees Committee of the Confederation of African Football, Ogabor was found guilty of attempted match manipulation by its Disciplinary Board and that prompted the committee to confirm the recommendation to ban him from any official mission for one year.

The ban was revealed through a statement released on Sunday via the African football body’s website

CAF had earlier opened investigation into the matter with the help of the evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the game contacted by Ogabor who agreed to offer “technical assistance” to Plateau United.

In addition, the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions were also cautioned to stay away from the practice of “hospitality gifts” “which tend to create wrong impression.”

CAF also ordered the South African Football Association (SAFA) to tender an apology to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after investigations showed that there was no evidence of any official of the NFF being linked to an allegation of $30,000 bribe.