Kenyan football official resigns following television sting

A Kenyan World Cup assistant referee has resigned after being caught in an undercover television sting taking a $600 cash payment.

FIFA said that Aden Range Marwa had told them he would not be going to Russia for this summer’s tournament and the sport’s governing body said it had passed details of his case and others linked to misconduct in a Ghanaian journalist’s documentary to its “investigatory and judicial bodies to follow up.”

Marwa was approved by FIFA for international games in 2008 and was taken to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as a reserve match official. However, footage released on Thursday by BBC Africa showed him taking the money during an African continental tournament in contravention of FIFA’s code of ethics which prohibits officials taking cash gifts.

Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi, an elected member of FIFA’s ruling council, was also implicated in the investigation, led by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Marwa isn’t the only World Cup match official to be implicated in corruption. Referee Fahad Al Mirdasi, who worked with Marwa at the 2017 Confederations Cup warm up tournament in Russia, was banned for life by the Saudi Arabian Soccer Federation after allegedly seeking a bribe to help a team win the national cup final.

Marwa was also taken by FIFA to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as a reserve match official.

FIFA said in a  Thursday it would impose “severe sanctions” when the integrity of competitions is compromised.

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