Ghana deny British newspaper allegations of match-fixing
Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) denied British media reports Monday that it had agreed to rig international matches and asked Ghanaian police to investigate two GFA officials whom the reports linked to the deal.
The Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 television’s Dispatches programme in London said they uncovered the case during a six-month investigation into match-fixing.
A reporter for the newspaper and a former investigator for world football’s governing body Fifa claimed to represent a company that would buy the rights to friendly matches.
The two officials said they could help recruit referees who would rig the matches, and the Daily Telegraph said a contract they submitted to the GFA spelled out conditions of the deal, including who would appoint the referees.
The Telegraph carried a video on its website showing what it said was a meeting between the two GFA officials and the former Fifa investigator where the match-fixing was discussed.
“The Ghana Football Association has requested the Ghana Police Service to investigate two persons for misrepresenting the GFA with an attempt to defraud,” the association said in a statement on its website. “The GFA did not sign the contract [and] the two gentlemen did not make such corrupt offers to the GFA or its officials.”
“We wish to assure the public that we will not tolerate such misrepresentations and we will seek strong sanctions against such individuals if such claims are found to be true.”
Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw in one of the most exciting games of the Brazil World Cup on Saturday.
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Published: June 24, 2014 04:00 AM