Ref accuses FIFA of playing politics

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Nigerian FIFA badged-referee, Peter Edibe has slammed FIFA for dropping him from officiating at  the World Cup in Brazil, a development, which he claims has robbed Nigeria of the chance to have a referee at the world cup.

FIFAEdibe revealed that he was suddenly removed from the list with no cogent reason from the world football governing body, alleging that FIFA’s decision was based on politics.

Edibe further alleged that and that because he had no ‘godfather’ to protect his interest, he was made a victim, pointing out that his team mates, Alioum

Neant and Menkouande Evarist both from Cameroon made the cut.

“They have Issa Hayatou who is CAF president and from Cameroon on their side. I was supposed to be at the world cup too but no one stood for me” Edibe lamented.

Leading the African contingent of referees set for World Cup in Brazil are – Noumandiez Doue (Ivory Coast), Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia), and Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria).

Other African referees on the shortlist include: Doue Noumandiez Desire (Cote d’ Ivoire),  Alioum Neant (Cameroun), and Bennett Daniel Frazer (South Africa).

The assistant referees nominated from Africa are Yeo Songuifolo (Cote d’Ivoire), Birumushahu Jean Claude (Burundi), Menkouande Evarist (Cameroon), Kabanda Felicien (Rwanda), Achik Redouane (Morocco), Etchiali Abdelhak (Algeria), Camara Djibril (Senegal), and Range Marwa (Kenya).

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