Ghana, currently at World Cup, hit with match-fixing accusations Today, 07:15 PM
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Ghana is rocked by a match-fixing scandal while the Black Stars compete at the World Cup in Brazil.
Ghana made big news Saturday with its World Cup draw with Germany.
On Sunday, the team was back in the news Sunday, but it was anything but good.
An undercover investigation by the London Telegraph and London’s Channel 4 Dispatches program found that the president of Ghana’s Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, agreed to have his team play in international matches whose results would be fixed.
Reporters from The Telegraph went undercover, claming to represent an investment company that wanted to “sponsor” games. Christopher Forsythe, a registered FIFA agent and Obed Nketiah, a senior member of the Ghananian Football Association bragged they could employ corrupt officials who would rig the international friendlys played by Ghana.
The reporters — along with a former FIFA investigator — met with Forsythe, Nketiah and Nyantakyi and agreed to a contract that would see Ghana play in the rigged matches in return for payment. The contract said each fixed match would cost $170,000 and would allow a bogus investment firm to appoint match officials, which would be in breach of FIFA rules.
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FIFA agent Christoipher Forsythe (r.) and Ghanaian FA official Obed Nketiah (l.) meet with undercover reporters from The Telegraph, reportedly to discuss fixing games involving Ghana”s national team.
The revelations in the report come at a bad time for FIFA, whose president, Sepp Blatter, is facing calls to resign in the wake of bribery charges surrounding Qatar being rewarded the 2022 World Cup.
According to the Telegraph, Forsythe and Nketiah denied any involvement in a plot to fix matches. Mr Nketiah said: “These are false allegations and I will never in my life do such a thing.”
As part of a statement, Mr Forsythe, said: “To be frank everything I told you about the match fixing was a figment of my own imagination because I am so naive that I don’t even know how matches are done. They were promises just to be able to get something off you.”
Nyantakyi told the Telegraph he had not read the contract and he did not know about the deal to fix games.
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