Former Egyptian international referee Yasser Abdel Raouf has claimed he refused to receive a bribe from the president of TP Mazembe Moise Katumbi in the CAF Champions League.
His decision led to his exclusion from Africa’s elite club competition for an extended period of time was over a clash between the Linafoot champions and Tanzanian giants Simba Sports Club.
Raouf opened up to Ahmed Hossam Mido, on Al-Nahar TV suggesting an observer communicated with them that the town’s governor [Katumbi] wanted to sit with them, indicating that they were surprised that the governor is the club’s president.
“We sat with the president of the Mazembe club in his office,” he said. “He offered us a bribe under the pretext that all the referees take these gifts, but he refused to receive them and asked if we wanted extra money, and we refused completely.”
Raouf added that Katumbi had threatened them with death after they refused to receive the bribe, and he informed the observer of this – who completely ignored their words.
He pointed out the bribe offer was about ‘$10,000’ for each member of the arbitration and issued the exact statement within the report before contacting captain Shata in CAF and informed him of what happened and received support from Hany Abu Rida.
He also explained that after that incident, he was excluded for about eight months from participating in the African Champions League.