FIFA clears ‘Obreh’ of match-fixing allegations


January 23, 2015  By Sahr Morris Jr

The world football governing body, FIFA has for the meantime cleared former Sierra Leone national team captain Ibrahim ‘Obreh’ Kargbo of all match-fixing allegations due to insufficient evidence.

Dutch media, Brabants Dagblad quoted FIFA as saying that they haven’t got sufficient evidence at present to suspend the midfielder from playing football in all countries.

Kargbo was left out of Atlético Club de Portugal’s last weekend league match win against Olhanense after a Dutch news outlet, De Volkskrant, reported that the player was the main suspect in match manipulation in two of Willem II Eredivisie clashes against Ajax and Feyenoord during the 2009/10 league season.

The Portuguese Segunda (the second tier) league player had denied all the allegations, claiming his slate was clean; and the latest news from FIFA will now allow him to possibly feature for Atlético Club in their home match against Freamunde.

“The revelations in De Volkskrant on Kargbo’s involvement in manipulating matches with Willem II in 2009 give FIFA no option to sanction him. What has been brought to light in the Netherlands must first be examined by the authorities in the Netherlands,” said a spokesman for FIFA in response to questions from the Brabants Dagblad.

Also, De Volkskrant reported that Kargbo is one of the players who are on the blacklist of FIFA suspected cheaters, but however the FIFA spokesman denied such allegation stating: “The existence of such a list is not known to us.”