BRIBERY SCANDAL

World Cup-bound Kenyan referee caught in bribery scandal

Kenyan World Cup-bound referee caught in bribery scandal

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Adel Range Marwa has resigned from the World Cup after being accused of accepting cash gifts.

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.

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.

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.

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