Plateau United-USM Alger bribery mystery no nearer to being solved

Plateau United-USM Alger bribery mystery no nearer to being solved
From ESPN - April 12, 2018

On a troubled weekend of continental football for Nigerian clubs, a weekend which reaped arguably only one result that could be considered favourable, you'd be forgiven for thinking that things could not get any worse.

...but you'd need to think again.

With Enyimba drawing, and Akwa United and MFM FC both being defeated, Plateau United's 2-1 victory over USM Alger was the only positive result for the NPFL's four representatives.

However, reports that began to emerge in the immediate aftermath of the match were confirmed by South African referee Victor Gomes, who told SAFA that he'd been offered $30,000 (R362,556) in cash to fix the first leg.

Gomes and his fellow officials turned down the offer, and immediately reported it to CAF.

The allegations have led to a storm in both Algeria and Nigeria.

USMA quickly issued a statement dissociating their club from the allegations after what appeared to be a barrage of attacks from Algerian media.

In their statement, the Algiers-based club made it clear they considered any attempt to tie the action to them as a "hate campaign to destabilise the club," and insisted that they have always played by the rules.

Plateau United have been more circumspect.


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