Controversy hits USM Alger-Plateau Utd clash

Festus Abu

The controversy-hit CAF Confederation Cup fixture between USM Alger and Plateau United staggered to a new dimension on Monday when the  Nigerian champions claimed they  resisted moves  by  the  Algerians to alter the kick-off of their second leg clash in Algiers  for Tuesday.

Plateau won the first leg of the second-tier African club competition clash 2-1 in Lagos on April 8, but a bribery allegation took some of the shine off the Jos side’s laboured win.

South African referee Victor Gomes alleged that he and his assistants were approached before the game  with an offer of $30‚000 to fix the result but they  rejected the bribe.  Gomes later  reported the matter to the Confederation of African Football.

However, both clubs denied the allegation, with USM  stating that  the allegation  was a “hate campaign to destabilise the club”.

Plateau said they couldn’t have offfered $30‚000   to fix the encounter when they are embroiled in financial…
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