Kenyan World Cup-bound referee Adel Range Marwa will no longer be in Russia after being filmed receiving cash gifts.
According to a report by the BBC, Marwa, who is also a member of the Fifa Council, was given a $600 ‘gift’ by an undercover reporter – part of the controversial Anas Aremayaw Anas investigation team - posing as an official of a top Ghanaian football side ahead of an African Nations Championship fixture.
Kenyan referee Aden Marwa was assured of not less than 2.5 million after the World Cup. He has been axed for receiving a 60,000 shilling bribe. Wow! pic.twitter.com/tciGNbUKNX— The African Voice (@teddyeugene) 7 June 2018
The footage was aired by the BBC on Wednesday, exposing, along with Marwa, dozens of other African match officials and senior football administrators.
The 41-year-old was one of the 16 Confederation of African Football (Caf) officials set to participate in the upcoming World Cup.
It is against the Fifa code of conduct for any referee to accept cash gifts.
Marwa resigns from World Cup job
At the World Cup, the Kenyan, a math and chemistry teacher at Migori County’s Komotobo Secondary School, would have earned at least $25,000 plus a match fee of $2,000; however, Fifa confirmed earlier today that he will not be taking part in the tournament.
"Please be informed that the assistant referee Adel Range Marwa has informed Fifa that he resigns from his role as assistant referee at the upcoming World Cup," the football governing body said in a statement.
Per the BBC, Fifa also said it has tasked its investigatory and judicial bodies with following up on the claims released by Anas.
⚽️💰— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) 7 June 2018
A World Cup ref (just resigned), a senior official on the powerful FIFA Council, and dozens (yes, dozens) more football officials have been caught on tape accepting cash from undercover journalists.
My co’s latest, “Betraying the Game”, premieres tonight via @BBCWorld.
Ghanaian officials exposed
In the investigation, 77 Ghanaian referees and 14 officials from the country's FA were captured engaging in acts of corruption.
Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of Ghana’s FA and the vice-president of Caf, was among those involved.
He was pictured placing a $65,000 gift of ‘shopping money’ into a plastic bag.
The donor, one of Anas’ investigative reporters, was pretending to be a businessman from a Middle Eastern company wanting to invest in Ghanaian football.