Five football referees have been suspended from officiating in the local top-flight league over suspicion they may have been involved in match-fixing.
Football Kenya Federation said it had launched investigations into the conduct of the five who include FIFA Referee Raymond Onyango.
Others are Samuel Mwaura, Isaac Memusi, Collins Opiyo, Japheth Juma whose suspension takes effect immediately.
The local football governing body communicated the decision on Friday evening in a letter signed by chief executive officer Barry Otieno.
Read the letter in part: “Football Kenya Federation, as a precautionary measure and in the interest of safeguarding the integrity of its Leagues and competitions, has provisionally suspended five FKF-PL match officials suspected to be involved in match manipulation.’
“Moreover, the federation’s Integrity Department, with the assistance of FIFA, has initiated preliminary investigations against the said individuals, with a view of establishing their involvement, if any, in the said match manipulation practices.”
“Even so, the federation remains confident on the integrity of the FKF-PL and has with the assistance of FIFA established and consistently continues to up-date, its match manipulation detection platform, with a view of protecting and safeguarding the integrity of all its
competitions, against global match-fixers.”