Ghana Soccer Execs and FIFA Agent Implicated in Match Fixing
If only they could use Goal Line Technology to determine levels of corruption in international soccer. With FIFA already under fire for a dubious Qatar award, the stadium construction controversies regarding exorbitant costs — as well as the handful of very visible refereeing gaffes in the group stages so far — the last thing the game needs is one of the more visible teams in the tournament being involved in any kind of shady activity. This is exactly what happened to Ghana when the president of the Ghana Football Association was caught on tape by Telegraph reporters laying out exactly how they would be able to purchase the victory they desired.
Posing as representatives for an investment company that wanted to “sponsor” (quotations included in the original article), The Telegraph reporters spent six months researching the story. Along the way they were introduced to Christopher Forsythe, a FIFA official, and Obed Nketiah, who sits on the management committee for the Ghana U20 team and runs another football club in the country.
“You [the company] will always have to come to us and say how you want it to go… the result,” Forsythe told the reporters. “That’s why we will get the officials that we have greased their palms, so they will do it. If we bring in our own officials to do the match … You’re making your money.”