Gomes turns down bribe

According to Safa, Gomes was offered a bribe before the CAF Confederation Cup clash between Plateau United from Nigeria and Algeria’s USM Alger. Plateau won the match 2-1.

Gomes, who was assisted by Johannes Moshidi and Athenkosi Ndongeni, reported the matter to CAF and they are now investigating the matter.

He was offered $30 000 (R362 556) ahead of the match which took place on Saturday in Nigeria.

“Our referees have conducted themselves impeccably well in the sense that they were able to identify and report the issue immediately to CAF for them to make further investigations on the matter. Because it was a CAF appointment, they wrote a report and sent it to them, and they (CAF) are dealing with it,” said Tenda Masikhwa, SAFA’s Head of Referees.

Safa lauded the officials for making the right decision to report the matter and fight corruption in the game.

“Our officials showed the rest of the continent and the world that they won’t tolerate corruption within the game. We are proud of what they did and this is why South African referees are so much sought after and are highly regarded on the continent,” said Masikhwa.

“On 13-14 February this year, we held an Integrity Workshop in Sandton, Johannesburg where two FIFA representatives articulated the need to have honest and upright match officials; people of integrity within our game. What we see today are the fruits of that particular workshop.”