Ghana FA Calls For Probing of Match-Fixing Claims

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has called for a police investigation of two men over match-rigging claims.

This follows another another revelation by The Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 Dispatches programme, which allege a Ghanaian club official and a Fifa agent said they could arrange fixing the ‘Black Stars’s’ matches.

“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,” read a GFA statement.

Ghana Football Association.
Ghana Football Association.

None of those claims, in the meantime, involves ongoing World Cup games, however; the GFA confirms the two men approached the organisation’s chairman offering to purchase the rights to organise friendly matches for the country’s team on behalf of a UK-based company.

“They were subsequently asked to submit their proposal for consideration which they did and was duly submitted to the Legal Committee of the GFA for perusal and advice,” the GFA added.

It happen the two men were filmed in an undercover investigation by The Telegraph and Channel 4 Dispatches programme stating they forwarded a draft contract “including a clause” to allow the bidding company take charge of the appointment of referees for the national team’s friendlies, and also a move to bribe the federation chief.

“We wish to state that the GFA did not sign the contract as we waited for the response from the Legal Committee and that the two gentlemen did not make such corrupt offers to the GFA or its officials,” replied the GFA.

The GFA noted world football’s governing body, Fifa, and the Confederation of African Football (Caf), have already been made privy to the development, while request for investigation of the fellows has been sent to the Ghana Police Service.

Ghana have drawn their penultimate Group G match with Germany, after their opening loss to the USA in the ongoing World Cup.

The West Africans could still progress into the last-16, if they beat Portugal on June 26.