13 Jun 2018
The undercover Ghanaian journalist who filmed football officials appearing to take bribes said on Monday that African football will continue to be held back on the world stage unless corruption is tackled more vigorously.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas released a documentary last week showing African football officials, including 77 referees and Ghana’s football chief Kwesi Nyantakyi, allegedly taking bribes.
The documentary generated widespread uproar, prompting Ghana to launch a process to dissolve its national football union.
On Friday, Nyantakyi said he was resigning after he was suspended by world football’s governing body FIFA.
“I think that we in Africa would have done better at the world (football) stage if we had not allowed people to infiltrate the camps of football setting,” he said in an interview with Reuters in Accra.
“If you had people who will sit down and fix a match and determine what the outcome will be, that is not fair to African football. If referees can sell yellow card, sell red card, sell goals, then you’re looking at a very bleak future of African football.”
He said in many instances, unqualified players were put in matches to play because someone was paid.
Anas told Reuters he expected a much bigger fallout from the documentary across the continent as ordinary citizens and civil groups have been yearning for a clean-up of African football.
– By Kwasi Kpodo, Reuters, 12 June 2018.
Link to Reuters.
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