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DR Congo’s Former FIFA Council Member Handed One-year Ban

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DR Congo’s former interim Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Constant Omari has been suspended from football for one year by Fifa for breaking its code of ethics.

The former Fifa Council member was adjudged to have received benefits from Lagardere during negotiations between the French media company and Caf.

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Caf’s one-time vice-president is believed to have received just over 66,000 Euros (US$80,000), which football’s world governing body has requested he pays as a fine as part of his sanction.

Omari, who recently left his role as DR Congo’s football federation president after a 16-year reign, entered into a plea bargain arrangement with Fifa.

“A formal investigation against Mr Omari was opened on 7 January 2021,” said Fifa in a statement.

“[It] concerned certain benefits accepted and received from Lagardere Sports, in relation to the negotiations that he conducted for an agreement between Caf and Lagardere Sports in connection with the commercialisation of certain TV rights licenced to the LC2 company and to the collection of the latter’s outstanding debt.

“The negotiations, which were led by Mr Omari on behalf of Caf, resulted in contractual provisions that were particularly detrimental to Caf, causing significant financial damage to the confederation.

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“In this respect, the receipt of benefits created a conflict of interest that detracted from Mr Omari’s ability to perform his duties to Caf with integrity and in an independent and purposeful manner.”

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In early 2019, Omari oversaw an amendment to the billion-dollar deal that Caf had made with Lagardere Sports in 2015.

In January, Omari was barred from running for re-election to the Fifa Council, on which he had sat since 2015 after he failed an integrity check owing to Fifa’s ongoing investigation into the Lagardere amendment.

This decision was confirmed in March when sport’s highest legal body, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, rejected his appeal against his exclusion.

Omari was stand-in Caf president at the time after former president Ahmad of Madagascar had been banned himself by Fifa for violating the ethics code.

Omari’s ban will end on 18 June 2022, a year after it started.

Source: GhanaArticles.com/BBC Africa

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2022 World Cup: CAF Confirms Details For Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana fixtures

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2022 World Cup: CAF Confirms Details For Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana fixtures
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the FIFA ranking for January, will be used to determine the seeded teams for the 2022 World Cup play-offs.

This means Nigeria for instance, could drop off the top five, in which they are currently included.

CAF reached this decision at its Extraordinary General Assembly held in Cairo, Egypt on Friday.

It was announced that the play-off draws would be held on January 26.

The top five countries will be seeded and will face the non-seed teams in the two-legged fixtures.

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The first leg fixtures will take place at the lower-ranked team’s home.

The higher teams that have qualified for the playoffs are Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Nigeria.

The lower-ranked teams are Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Congo DR.

 

 

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South Africa claims betting spike during Ghana World Cup qualifying game

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South Africa claims betting spike during Ghana World Cup qualifying game

There was a clear pattern of match manipulation during South Africa’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana, according to South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan.

Ghana beat Bafana Bafana 1-0 on Sunday in the crucial qualifier – a result which saw the Black Stars advance to Africa’s play-offs for the tournament at the expense of the South Africans on goals scored.

Safa lodged a complaint with Fifa about the match and the world governing body, in a letter dated 17 November, said the protest will be submitted to a member of its disciplinary committee on 23 November for consideration.

South Africa’s protest included allegations of “match-fixing, match manipulation including corruption and bribery”, which Jordaan claimed may be linked to gambling at a press conference on Wednesday.

“How is it that there’s a betting spike just before a major decision is taken and therefore people bet? They knew when to bet,” he said.

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The Ghana Football Association, which has dismissed any match-fixing allegation, has been asked for its observations on the matter.

Ghana’s winning goal came from a first-half penalty when Daniel Amartey went down following what appeared minimal contact from defender Rushine de Reuck.

The Fifa disciplinary code allows protests based on “an obvious error” by a referee.

A comprehensive report on the match had been compiled by former South African referee Ace Ncobo and will be used as part of Safa’s protest with Fifa.

Ncobo said he picked up 71 major incidents from the match where he believes that the referee either turned a blind eye in favour of Ghana or made incorrect calls against the South African team.

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20222 WCQ: ‘We Suspect A Fixed Match’ – SAFA Appeal To CAF And FIFA For Replay Of Ghana’s Game

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20222 WCQ: 'We Suspect A Fixed Match' - SAFA Appeal To CAF And FIFA For Replay Of Ghana's Game

The Chief Executive Officer of the South African Football Association, Tebogo Motlanthe, has said that they suspect a foul play in the FIFA World Cup qualifier defeat to the Black Stars.

He has alleged that match-fixing was at play at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium as the Bafana Bafanas lost the Group G playoffs spot following their defeat to the Black Stars.

Senegalese referee Moguetta Ndiaye penalized South Africa defender Rushine De Reuck for a foul on Black Stars Daniel Amartey in the 32nd minute as the two players were in a scramble from a corner kick.

Black Stars captain Andre Dede Ayew sored from the spot to mark his 100th national team appearance with a goal thereby winning the game for Ghana.

“We suspect the game was fixed and our position is that it must be investigated. The conduct of the match officials left much to be desired and we want both CAF and FIFA to investigate. We salute the boys and the technical team for the good work they have done,” Motlanthe told TimesLive in an interview.

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“We went to the match commissioner [Kachalla Babagana Kalli from Nigeria] after the game and told him our intention to lodge a complaint with both Fifa and CAF on how the officiating of the game was.”

“It was a daylight robbery. The penalty incident was not in isolation. We’ll be writing an official letter to Fifa and CAF tomorrow [today] for them to investigate the conduct of the match officials,” he added.

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