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FIFA have placed a life ban on referee who handled Argentina vs Nigeria over bribery, match-fixing

Ibrahim Chaibou, from Niger was slammed with a life ban on Thursday, January 25.

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The world’s football’s governing body, FIFA, also slammed a 177,000 euros (about $226,000) fine on the 52-year-old Chaibou who is also barred from engaging in a football-related activities for life.

“Mr Chaibou has been banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level,” a statement from FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee read in part.

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Chaibou famously awarded several spot-kicks in a 2010 friendly game between South Africa and Guatemala which sparked an official probe.

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At the last count, Chaibou’s career were key to revealing how international matches were manipulated for betting scams, forcing FIFA to change the rules for selecting referees after exposing convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal.

Speaking moments after the news emerged ex-FIFA investigator Chris Eaton says he is excited over the decision from football arbiters.

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“Chaibou was probably the most corrupt referee the game of football has seen,” Eaton was quoted as saying by The Associated Press on Thursday.

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Interestingly, Chaibou was the center-referee when Nigeria hosted Argentina in June 2011, awarding a non-existent penalty for a handball against defender Efe Ambrose.

Reacting after the match that ended 4-1 he claimed he did not want anyone to feel sad hence he awarded the spot-kick.

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“I judged it to be a penalty, so I gave a penalty … to make everyone happy. That’s it,” Chaibou said in a telephone conversation with AP in February 2013.

 

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