World Cup Ref Adel Range Marwa Given $600 by Reporter in Corruption Documentary

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2018

Flags with the logo for the 2018 FIFA World Cup flutter in the wind near the World Cup stadium in Rostov-on-Don before the Russian premier league soccer match between Rostov and Ural, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, May 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Documentary footage obtained by the BBC showed a Kenyan referee who was set to officiate the 2018 World Cup accepting a $600 gift from a journalist who posed as "an official of a top Ghanaian football side."

The referee in question, Adel Range Marwa, has resigned but denied he was guilty of any wrongdoing. 

BBC News Africa shared a preview of the documentary, which not only implicates Marwa but also Kwesi Nyantakyi, the Ghanaian football federation president and also a member of the FIFA Council. Nyantakyi is shown taking $65,000 from a reporter who claimed to be a businessman:

BBC News Africa @BBCAfrica

The wait is over: @anasglobal's two-year long undercover investigation into football in Africa has revealed shocking footage of over 100 referees and officials taking cash before matches. #BBCAfricaEye brings you this exclusive story about his highly controversial investigation. https://t.co/Wf8vrg4v8g

While the report does not specify if Marwa accepted the money for the purpose of fixing a World Cup match, FIFA's rules explicitly prohibit any representative of the organization from receiving gifts or other improper benefits.

According to the BBC, more than 100 other officials were caught in the sting by the documentary's director, Anas Aremayaw Anas, and his team of investigative reporters.

Regarding Nyantakyi, the BBC reported he was brokering a sponsorship deal with the Ghanian soccer federation. As part of the deal, as much as $4.5 million could've been redirected to an account for a company Nyantakyi owned rather than the soccer federation's coffers.