Opinion: Gambian FIFA Referee Ebrima Jallow Allegedly Receives $500 From An Investigative Journalist

by Alagi Yoro Jallow

I am shocked and chagrined, mortified and stupefied that a Gambian Ebrima Jallow FIFA referee can receive a bribe to influence the outcome of a match he’s officiating, receiving a bribe of $500 from an investigative journalist. The expose, published by the BBC on Thursday, further reveals the extent of bribery and inducements that are feared influence the decisions referees make while on the pitch. Most African referees are featured in the film captured by undercover ‘operatives’ assigned by Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw.

Aden Marwa – the only Kenyan FIFA assistant referee captured in a video, first Kenyan to have been appointed by FIFA as a Referee in FIFA World Cup 2018 has been removed after accepting a paltry $600, costing him over $ 25,000 World Cup honorarium.

I guess you all need to read that book on the insane corruption that has been going on at FIFA since Joao Havelange; the staggering amounts that have been exchanging hands in Zurich will make you lose trust in your most favorite sport.

I mean, even Prince William and David Cameron were at the center of investigations for compromising a FIFA Vice President to influence their voting for the England World Cup 2018 bid. Surely, even the Qatar 2022 bid was bought off, with Issa Hayatou eating handsomely in his position as Sepp Blatter’s deputy.

You people. The South African Football Association wired ten million dollars to Jerome Valke, then FIFA Secretary General, who, in turn, wired that cash to Jack Warner’s private account, in exchange for South Africa winning the bid to host the 2010 World Cup. You think the Kenyan government is corrupt.

Until you read the FBI investigative reports on the massive looting at the FIFA headquarters.

 

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