CAF to take over payment of referees in "ethics" bid

| Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 11:58am


Caf president Ahmad chaired the meeting in which the decisions were taken


The Confederation of African Football, CAF is to take over payment of all referees officiating games on behalf of the African football's ruling body in a bid to stamp out corruption.

Previously, CAF rules stated that the host nation should pay such costs.

A statement by CAF said the decision will reduce the financial burden on national associations.

It will also eliminate an ethical challenge because it removes the suspicion perceived between national associations and the referees.

It is the second time in a month that CAF has taken action to minimise the threat of corruption in refereeing.

The decision was approved at a Caf meeting in Morocco, where the African Nations Championships, CHAN begins tomorrow.

Among other measures, Caf also determined the period where Africa's leading club competitions, the Champions League and Confederation Cup, would move from a calendar year to a "September-May" schedule.