The Confederation of African Football, CAF, on Friday announced the suspension of 15 more referees for allegedly collecting bribes.
The suspension of the match officials comes after controversial Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, and his production outfit, Tiger Eye PIs, released a new set of videos, showing referees collecting money from undercover journalists posed as agents to unduly influence matches.
The suspended referees are from West, Central and Southern African countries, footballlive.ng reports.
The referees are Hamada Nampiandraza of Madagascar, FIFA-badged referee, Billy Konneh of Sierra Leone; and Dennis Dembélé, Tan Marius Donatien, Bi Vélère Gouho and Coulibally Abu from Cote d’Ivoire.
Others are David Daouda Gueye of Senegal; Bebou Yanissou of Togo; and Fitial Charel Just Kokolo, Blaise Boutamba, Yamba Armand Gildas and Messie Jessie Oved Nkounkou Mvoutou from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Also suspended are Assistant referee Maman Raja Abba Malan Ouseini of Niger; Ebrima Jallow of Gambia; assistant referee Boubou Cheikhna Demba of Mauritania; Aboudou Razak Bello of Benin Republic; Boukari Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso; Maria Barbosa da Silva of Guinea Bissau; and assistant referee Moriba Diakite of Mali.
Majority of the referees were caught on camera receiving bribes in Ghana, either before the West African Football Union Tournament in 2017 or during CAF Competitions hosted by the country.
They have been suspended from officiating with a variation of two to ten years depending on the severity of the allegation.
The new video released by Anas is a continuation of his exposure into corruption in African football, following the release of his previous film, Number 12.