CAFCC: USM Alger deny bribing match officials in Plateau United game


Ahead of the final leg of the CAF Confederation Cup match between USM Alger and Nigeria league champions Plateau United, the Algerian side has denied reports of an attempt to bribe match officials in the first leg against Plateau United.

The club released a press statement on Tuesday afternoon via its official website denying the reports making the rounds, stating its stand on the matter.

“Information reported in various news outlets report an alleged attempt to bribe match referees in the match involving Plateau United and USM Algiers.

“Some of these press organs, sneakily mentioned some members of our management. This totally contradicts the right to inform and misinterpretation of ethics as required by the circumstances.

“Based on a tweet posted by a Nigerian journalist of the BBC that evokes an alleged bribery attempt, which, however, does not mention the name of USMA in this case, some self-acclaimed professional press, greedy for sensational scoops have rushed to their keyboards to denigrate our club.

“To the management of USM Alger, this is only a hateful campaign to destabilize the club. USM Algiers has always respected sports ethics, and the values ​​on which our club operates, does not allow for such practices.

“The management of USM Alger believes that this campaign is nothing more than another attempt to sow discord in its ranks and cast aspersions on its integrity,” it stated.

Plateau United lead the first leg 2-1 and the Algerian team needs to win by at least 1-0 to progress to the group stage.

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