London: Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) denied British media reports on Monday that it had agreed to rig international matches and asked Ghanaian police to investigate two GFA officials 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 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 daily 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 GFA 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,” it said.
“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.
The alleged contract stated that it would cost $170,000 for each match organised by the fixers involving the Ghanaian team, and would allow a bogus investment firm to appoint match officials, in breach of Fifa rules. Premier League stars were due to play in matches which will not take place anymore. (Reuters)