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World Cup match official resigns after cash sting revealed

AP  |  Geneva 

A referee resigned from duty after being caught taking a USD 600 cash payment in an undercover television

of told he would not go to Russia, the world body said yesterday.

said it passed details of Marwa's case and others linked to misconduct in a Ghanaian journalist's documentary to its "investigatory and judicial bodies to follow up."

The Kenyan official, who was approved by for international games since 2008, was filmed taking the cash at an African continental tournament in footage in released yesterday by

FIFA's code of ethics prohibits officials taking cash gifts.

The investigation was led by and also implicated Kwesi Nyantakyi, an elected member of FIFA's ruling council, in taking cash gifts.

Marwa is the second match implicated in corruption among more than 100 referees and assistants trained by FIFA for more than two years, and selected in recent weeks.

The Saudi Arabian federation banned referee for life after allegedly seeking a bribe to help a team win the national cup final.

Marwa and Al Mirdasi both worked at the 2017 Confederations Cup warmup tournament in

Marwa was also taken by FIFA to in as a reserve match

A Ghanian referee, Joseph Lamptey, was banned for life by FIFA for corruptly awarding a penalty in a World Cup qualifying game in 2016 in a betting scam.

FIFA said yesterday it would impose "severe sanctions" when the integrity of competitions is compromised.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 10:30 IST