Ban on Togo FA President lifted
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday lifted the life ban on Tata Avlessi, the president of the Togo Football Association.
 
Avlessi was banned for bribery for eight years by African football’s governing body, the Confederation of African Football, last year, but he appealed the decision. On appeal the ban was increased from eight years to life after CAF found Avlessi guilty of having attempted to bribe a referee during an African under-17 match between Togo and Tunisia.
 
CAF also banned the Gambian match referee Pa Abdou Sarr, whom they said had accepted the bribe, for life, while another match official Attivi Atevi Cessi received a four year ban. CAF said he acted as go-between between Avlessi and Sarr.
 
Avlessi appealed to CAS and appeared at a hearing in January. Before attending the hearing he said that he was going there confident of winning his case.
 
On Tuesday, CAS said in a statement that they had lifted his ban "with immediate effect." They said the evidence on which Avlessi had been convicted had "not been very credible. CAF has not established that Mr Avlessi was guilty of attempted corruption."
 
In the light of the CAS ruling Cessi and Sarr are expected to also appeal their bans.

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