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Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:16 - Updated Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:15

National soccer body vows to root out corrupt referees, officials

Lubango - The Angolan Football Federation (FAF) has pledged to deal with referees and officials bent on tarnishing national football.

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FAF president Artur Almeida vows to crack down on corruption

Photo: Nelson Malamba

The threat has come from the institution’s president, Artur Almeida e Silva.

The FAF official was speaking to the press after his first visit to Lubango, southern Huila province where he witnessed the closure of a level-1 coaching training.

After visiting the local sports facilities, Artur e Silva admitted improvement among referees, adding that the punishing against the offenders have discouraged the bad practices.

"We are doing a job with the arbitration which is bringing good results. Of course there are some unfavorable problems, either among leaders or other people directly involved in the sports, "he said.

Artur Almeida advised the agents to look at the "positive aspects of sports reality, so that everyone can benefit from it".

"Those who persist in attitudes that harm football will be suspended and even rooted out. We are talking about leaders, referees, whoever makes the same mistakes of the past, so I think we are on the right track, "he reiterated.

Artur e Silva quoted two cases as having been referred to the Court, but he would not specify any.

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