Read full verdict of AshantiGold SC, Inter Allies match fixing scandal

 

The Ghana Football Association [GFA] Disciplinary Committee has announced that AshantiGold SC and Inter Allies have been demoted to Division Two over match-fixing.

The action relates to a Ghana Premier League game at the end of the 2020/2021 season when Ashantigold beat Inter Allies by 7-0. An Allies player, Hashmin Musah, scored two own goals and later admitted his action was to spoil a bet placed on the said game.

The club’s President, Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, and his son, Emmanuel Frimpong, who is the club’s Chief Executive Officer, have also been banned from football activities for 10 years and 8 years respectively.

Eight players of the club have also been banned for two years each after being found guilty of match manipulation, while a further five players have also been handed four-year bans for failure to appear before the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee.

In addition, the club has been fined an amount of Ghs 100,000, the President fined Ghs 100,000, and the CEO was fined Ghs 50,000.

Inter Allies meanwhile have been slapped with a GHC 100,000 fine.

Coach Felix Aboagye and Team Manager Reuben Adjetey have both been banned from all football-related activities for 2 years while Inter Allies player Fard Ibrahim was banned for 3 years for his role in the fixed match and also placing bets on multiple matches and competitions on his phone.

Meanwhile, 13 players who featured in the match of convenience with Ashantigold have been handed different respective bans.

Four players, namely; Mohammed Zakari, Richard Acquaah, Shaibu Taufiq, and Felix Abuska have each received 24-month bans for their involvement in the said game.

Five others; Danso Wiredu Mensah (goalkeeper), Alex Aso, Abdul Kadir Mohammed, Isah Ali – Player, and Andy Okpe, were also banned for failing to appear before the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee, and also received 24-month bans.

Hashmin Musah, who scored two intentional own goals to scupper the fixed result was handed a reduced 6-month ban for his whistleblower role, while Richmond Lamptey, who now plays for Asante Kotoko, was given a 30-month ban for attempting to stake a bet on the fixed result.

However, after the encounter, Musah, admitted in a radio interview that his own goals were scored deliberately to scupper a 5-1 bet that some people had placed on the match.

According to the GFA Disciplinary Committee, the decisions, which will take effect from the 2022/23 league season, will be communicated to FIFA to be given international application since a number of players are now playing in clubs outside Ghana.

Below are the verdict by the GFA Disciplinary Committee:

Ashgold verdict: https://cdn.ghanafa.org/2022/05/DECISION-MISCONDUCT-ASHANTIGOLD-SC-1.pdf

Inter Allies verdict: https://cdn.ghanafa.org/2022/05/DECISION-MISCONDUCT-INTER-ALLIES-FC-1-1.pdf

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