Zimbabwe referee rejects $10k bribe

Zimbabwe football referee Norman Matemera has reported an attempt to bribe him into fixing a Confederation of African Football (CAF) fixture between Equatorial Guinea side Desportivo Niefang and Cote d’Ivoire’s Williamsville AC to CAF authorities.

Gomes was reportedly offered $10 000 by the home side Desportivo Niefeng to throw the result in the second leg tie between the sides, but he refused and reported the incident to the proper authorities immediately.

Matemera was in Equatorial Guinea along with his assistant referees Brighton Nyika, Salani Ncube and Pilan Ncube.

According to the Chronicle , the matter is under investigation after Matemera reported the incident to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The Chronicle reports that,officials from the home side, working in cahoots with Togolose match commissioner Lawson Mahuwe as their emissary, tried to offer Matemera and his assistants a cash bribe of $10 000 to ensure the Equatorial Guinea side won the match to advance to the group stage of the competition.

Match-fixing has been a huge problem for the beautiful game in recent times in particular and FIFA issued a strong warning last year, handing referee Joseph Lamptey a life ban.

The Ghanaian official gave a penalty for a non-existent hand-ball against Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly during a Soccer World Cup qualifying match against South Africa.

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