One of the Malawian referees implicated in a match-fixing scandal, Limbani Chisambi has denied any wrongdoing and rubbished claims that he received the money.
Media reports suggest that four referees in Aziz Nyirenda, assistant referees Chisambi and Stephano Gomani, and fourth official Jimmy Phiri were all found guilty.
The referees fixed a national cup match between lower league teams, Nchalo United and Chitipa United, but Chisambi has denied the offence.
GhanSoccerNet reports that the officials received $20 between them to fix a game, but returned $15 to the team involved in the bribe because it failed to win the encounter.
Although they have been banned for life, Chisambi has denied any wrongdoing.
”I never took (a) share of the money. It is so sad that my career has ended in this manner,” he said.
The match-fixing was revealed after Nchalo United (the team that bribed the refs), lost in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw and demanded its money back.
When the referees could only return $15, Nchalo went to the authorities but no sanctions have been announced against the team and the case against Nchalo is still pending.