( dpa )- Football's controlling body FIFA on Thursday said that they had banned three former Kenyan officials after finding them guilty of unethical behaviour and bribery.
In a statement released by the organization they said that the FIFA Ethics Committee had banned the three from taking part in any football-related activity.
They were found guilty of being involved in the irregularities surrounding the selection of Kenyan referees and assistant referees for the 2007 FIFA List of international referees.
"Former General Secretary of the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Daniel Omino and former chairman of the Kenya Football Referees Association Wycliffe Ogutu each received five-year bans while former treasurer of the Kenya Football Referees Association Samson Kawa received a two-year ban," the statement said.
"In addition, Alfred Ndinya , the most senior listed FIFA referee from Kenya, was warned about his future conduct on account of his marginal involvement in this case."
FIFA said that allegations of irregularities surrounding the KFF's nominees for the 2007 FIFA list surfaced in the last quarter of 2006, thus resulting in the suspension of the list of nominees and the launch of FIFA's investigation.
"The investigation determined that the KFF had summoned an unusually large number of candidates to the annual selection process for nominees to the FIFA List and, against FIFA policy, required them to pay in order to participate.
"Furthermore, money was allegedly demanded to be included in the final list and some of the final nominees did not meet the technical requirements as stated in the regulations governing the registration of international referees and assistant referees."