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FIFA bans three former Kenyan officials over graft

sports Updated: Jan 25, 2008 17:42 IST

FIFA has banned three former Kenyan football officials for alleged corruption during the selection of referees two years ago.

Former Kenya Football Federation (KFF) general secretary Dan Omino received a five-year ban over malpractice in the selection of Kenyan referees and assistant referees for the 2007 FIFA List of International Referees.

Former chairman of the Kenya Football Referees Association Wycliffe Ogutu also received a five-year ban while former treasurer of the Kenya Football Referees Association, Samson Kawa, received a two-year ban.

In addition, Alfred Ndinya, the most senior listed FIFA referee from Kenya, was warned about his future conduct on account of his marginal involvement in the case, the FIFA Ethics Committee said.

Allegations surfaced in the last quarter of 2006, thus resulting in the suspension of the list of KFF nominees and the launch of FIFA's investigation.

A probe found that the KFF had summoned an unusually large number of candidates to the annual selection process and that bribes were demanded to be included in the final list, resulting in the nomination of referees who did not meet requirements.