BREAKING: Ashanti Gold fined GHc100,000 match fixing

On 17th July 2021, Ashantigold SC played Inter Allies FC in the 2020/21 Ghana
Premier League Matchday 34 game at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium. After the
match, there were several reports within the local and international football space
that the match was fixed to fulfill a correct score of 5 goals to 1 in favor of
Ashantigold SC. The match eventually ended in 7 goals to 0 against Inter Allies FC.

 

A video extract of the match circulated on various social media platforms showing a
player of Inter Allies FC scoring two own goals and also showed a lackluster attitude
of players on the field of play.

Sportradar, a Swiss based international company‟s fraud detection system, a unique
service that identifies betting related manipulation in sports globally for a number of
leagues through its vast amounts of data, reported that there was strong pre match
betting and telltale signs of fraud on the said match.

The GFA Compliance & Integrity Office together with the GFA Prosecutors
investigated the matter and in accordance with Article 34(5) of the GFA Premier
League Regulations preferred charges against the two clubs and referred
Ashantigold SC to the Disciplinary Committee.

Ashantigold SC was charged on three count:

1.The Club was charged for a breach of Article 34(5)(a) of the Ghana Premier
League Regulations (2019) for instigating, commanding, and counselling its
players to play a fixed match or match of convenience between Ashantigold
SC and Inter Allies FC to achieve a result in favor of Ashantigold SC, an act
which the club knew or ought to have known at the time of engaging in it to be
contrary to the Premier League Regulations of the Ghana Football
Association

2.The Club was charged for a breach of Article 18(1) of the GFA Disciplinary
Code (2019). That the President and Chief Executive Officer made several
calls to one, Emmanuel Nii Amoah to assist the Club to manipulate the match
against Inter Allies FC to achieve their desired results, an act which has
brought the game of football into disrepute.

3.The Club was charged for a breach of Article 34(6)(d) of the GFA Premier
League Regulations, (2019). That both teams did act together with a common
purpose to manipulate the match to achieve a desired result, an act which
brought the game of football into disrepute.

SANCTIONS
1. To protect the sporting integrity of football in Ghana Per Article 18(1) & (2)
of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019, Ashantigold Sporting Club as a
corporate entity is sanctioned as follows:

a. That at the end of the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League season,
Ashantigold SC shall be demoted to the Division Two League in
accordance with Article 6(3)(h) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.

b. That a fine of GHc100,000.00 is imposed on Ashantigold SC in
accordance with Article 6(1)(c) and Article 6(4) of the GFA
Disciplinary Code 2019.

2. a. The President of Ashantigold SC Dr. Kwaku Frimpong is banned from
taking part in any football-related activity for a period of 120 months in
accordance with Article 34.5(d)(i) of the Ghana Premier League Regulations
2019 .

b. That a fine of One hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc100,000) is
imposed on Dr. Kwaku Frimpong in accordance with Article 34.5(d)(ii) of
the Ghana Premier League Regulations 2019.

3. a. That the Chief Executive Officer of Ashantigold SC Emmanuel Frimpong
is banned from taking part in any football-related activity for a period of 96
months in accordance with Article 34.5(d)(i) of the Ghana Premier League
Regulations 2019.

b. That a fine of Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc50,000) is imposed on
the Chief Executive Officer of Ashantigold SC Emmanuel Frimpong in
accordance with Article 34.5(d)(ii) of the Ghana Premier League
Regulations 2019 .

4. That the Head Coach of Ashantigold SC Thomas Duah is banned from
taking part in any football-related activity for a period of 24 months in
accordance with Article 34.5(d)(i) of the Ghana Premier League Regulations
2019 .

5. That the Team Manager of Ashantigold SC Aidoo Gee Ahmed is banned
from taking part in any football-related activity for a period of 24 months in
accordance with Article 34.5(d)(i) of the Ghana Premier League Regulations
2019.

6. That the underlisted players of Ashantigold SC are hereby banned for 24
months each in accordance with 34.5(d)(i) of the Ghana Premier League
Regulations 2019.

That Samed Mohammed, Player number 32 of Ashantigold SC is hereby
banned for 30 months in accordance with Article 34.5(d)(i) of the Ghana
Premier League Regulations 2019.

8. That Seth Osei, Player number 33 of Ashantigold SC is hereby banned for a
period of 30 months in accordance with Article 34.5(d)(i) of the Ghana
Premier League Regulations 2019.

9. That the underlisted players and official of Ashantigold SC who were
invited but failed to appear before the Committee are hereby banned for 48
months each in accordance with Article 34.5(d)(i) of the Ghana Premier

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