FA welcomes FIFA’s investigative report on match fixing scandal.
By Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah
Spokesperson of the Ghana Football Association says the FA is hugely relieved by the preliminary results of investigation by the Ethics Committee of FIFA which looked into match fixing allegations against the Ghana’s FA Chairman Kwasi Nyantakyi.
Sannie Daara says they are optimistic the FA chair will completely be exonerated in a scandal that partly rocked Ghana’s World Cup campaign in Brazil.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper in UK reported early June that Kwasi Nyantakyi had agreed to a match fixing regime in which Ghana’s Black Stars will fix some friendly matches for cash.
In an undercover investigation, a video of which was made available, Nyantakyi was captured meeting some personalities including two Ghanaians all of whom were generally talking about football in Ghana.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper and its website claimed the FA chair had agreed to fix matches. The allegations were made days before Ghana’s must win match against Portugal in their final Group G match at the World Cup- a match the stars eventually lost by 1-2.
Kwasi Nyantakyi dismissed the report and described it as a fabrication meant to tarnish his reputation.
He invited FIFA and other investigative bodies to look into the matter and threatened to take legal action against the UK based newspaper.
On Monday the Ethics Committee of FIFA released a statement saying it has concluded preliminary investigation into the matter and has decided to refer it to Ghana’s FA to take a final decision.
“The preliminary investigation, conducted in accordance with art. 62 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, included a request for documents and information from the relevant parties.
Based on an analysis of the material, which included the limited portion of the footage made available by the relevant media outlets, and pursuant to the relevant rules established by the FIFA Code of Ethics, the investigatory chamber has decided to refer the matter to the Ghana FA,” the FIFA statement said.
Sannie Daara told Joy News if FIFA had found any wrong doing against the FA Chair they would have taken disciplinary action against Nyantakyi without asking the FA to investigate the matter.
He cited a similar investigation against one of Nigeria’s FA official Amos Adamu who was banned from all football activities by FIFA after he was found guilty of football related corruption.
He said while the FIFA statement is a huge relief they will still take steps internally to get to the bottom of the matter, especially to investigate the roles played by the two men, one of who is an FA member.
Daara said the FA chair still has his eyes on the legal suit to be filed against the Daily Telegraph newspaper.