Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials Wednesday summoned banned referee Arthur Chirimba for interrogation on his claims of match-fixing and bribery in football.
ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala said the move is part of a process after receiving complaints from Football Association of Malawi (Fam).
“This does not mean we have arrested him. We received a complaint report and we need to do our work. This is just part of normal procedures. We have summoned him as part of the process,” Ndala said.
Chirimba confirmed making an appearance at ACB’s Lilongwe offices and said he returned home after the interrogation.
“I have given ACB what I had and I am home now,” he said.
Fam reported Chilimba’s allegations to ACB for investigations after the Grade One referee reported that some referees and team officials were involved in shady deals aimed at fixing match results.
Football analyst George Kaudza-Masina said the matter was likely to put football into disrepute.
“We should expect to see the league being nullified or teams changing positions on the log table. Heads are likely to roll as a direct consequence of this matter. This might also affect sponsorship of the game as the corporate world would not want to be associated with corruption in whatever way.
“On a positive note, this might help clear those who are being implicated out of malice. But, in whatever way, there will be a big dent on local football in general,” Masina said.
Joining Chirimba on the punishment list was another Grade One referee Charles Blazio.
The two are serving a 36-month ban each for soliciting funds from club officials.
Late last month, Chirimba announced that he would name and shame referees and club officials involved in match-fixing.