CAF bans Nigerian referee Ogabor for one year

The Referees Committee of the Confederation of African Football has confirmed the recommendation of its Disciplinary Board to ban Nigerian referee, Joseph Ogabor, from any official mission for one year over attempted match manipulation.

A statement on CAF website on Sunday said this was with respect to the Total CAF Confederation Cup 1/16th round first leg between Plateau United (Nigeria) and USM Alger (Algeria) played on April 7, 2018, in Lagos.

The decision followed investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the match contacted by Ogabor who offered to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team.

The New Agency of Nigeria reports that Plateau United was also cautioned to refrain from the practice of “hospitality gifts” “which tend to create wrong impression.”

South African referee Victor Gomes had reported advances worth US$30 000 being made to him to fix the first leg play-off encounter between both sides in Lagos; a match Plateau won by 1-0.

CAF statement read, “The CAF Referees Committee on 28 April 2018, has confirmed the recommendation of the CAF Disciplinary Board to ban Nigeria referee Joseph Ogabor from any official mission for one year for attempted match manipulation with respect to the Total CAF Confederation Cup 1/16th round first leg between Plateau United (Nigeria) and USM Alger (Algeria) played on 7 April 2018 in Lagos.

“The decision follows investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the said match, who were contacted by Ogabor to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team.”

Furthermore, the Nigerian top-flight side have been warned to desist from handing out ‘hospitality gifts’ to officials while the South African Football Association (SAFA) have been asked to apologise to its Nigerian counterparts who were cleared of any wrongdoing in the bribery case.