Liberiasportsonline , has followed the intrigues of one of the local referees of Liberia. It can recalled that FIFA badge referee Jerry Yekeh was provisionally banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following the release of a video by an undercover Ghanaian Journalist, Anas A. Anas.
According to a brief CAF statement, a total of 22 referees have been punished by the African football ruling body. Yekeh is among 11 referees have been provisionally banned pending appearances before a CAF disciplinary board on August 5, 2018.
Their initial investigation made it known that Yekeh is not filmed accepting cash but is seen entering the room carrying materials where cash was being distributed. This lead to Liberia Football Referees Association- Referees Dept to suspend Yekeh from all football activities until after his pending appearance before the disciplinary board scheduled for August 5, 2018.
Until his unfortunate incidence Yekeh was one of the country’s top referees who started his career in 2002 and has won several awards from the Liberia Football Association, such as the Most Prominent referee award in 2007-2008 and the best referee award in 2009, 2011, and 2012.He became an international FIFA referee in 2009 and then started in regional and youth international competitions.
The 38-year-old Liberian referee appealed recently before the Caf panel, but the panel saw no fault with him following their own background investigations.Yeheh has repeatedly said he was innocent and was confident of been acquitted by Caf. The Confederation of African Football concluded its investigation and announced that the Liberian Referee was free. Reacting to the news on social media, Referee Yekeh said, ” I Give God the praise through His son Jesus Christ for His continue Blessing”.
With this, he’s likely to return to officiating in domestic league as the local referee body had been upholding the Caf provisional ban on Jerry Yekeh by not giving him an assignment to officiate local matches.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) also banned Kenyan referee, Aden Marwa, from all football activities for life. These ruling came after the referee were filmed by Anas Aremayaw Anas accepting money ahead of the Russia World Cup. Marwa, who had been chosen to officiate in Russia, was dropped from the World Cup list following Anas’ investigation.
But referee Yekeh maintained that he did no wrong in response to the corruption allegations. Ten other referees have been handed bans of between two and ten years. CAF announced the sanctions following a meeting of its disciplinary board.