FIFA has reportedly sacked Aden Marwa, the only Kenyan assistant referee expected to officiate in the 2018 world cup holding in Russia after he was captured in a video collecting $600 bribe.
The video recording was done by an investigative Ghanaian journalist Anas Anas on BBC Africa. Following the revelation, Marwa has since resigned from the 2018 FIFA World Cup refereeing team.
He was one of the linesmen set to officiate in Russia before the BBC investigation exposed the celebrated Kenyan blower allegedly receiving a bribe Sh60, 000 before a match.
Reports said Marwa, a Mathematics and Chemistry teacher at Komotobo Secondary school in Migori County, was approached by a journalist posing as a Ghanaian football official during the African National Championship.
After receiving the paltry sum in bribe, Marwa forfeited at least Sh2.5 million for appearing at the World Cup in addition to Sh200, 000 per game officiated after Fifa confirmed that the referee will not be travelling to Russia.
Marwa, 41, first featured in the 2011 Fifa U-17 World Cup and was among the only four other referees picked from Africa to officiate in the world biggest football extravaganza that is set to kick-off on June 14 to July 15.
It is against the Fifa code of conduct for any match official or officials to accept a bribe.
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