The Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) has suspended and banned 61 referees. RAG have also exonerated 14 referees because there was no evidence beyond reasonable doubt to substantiate allegations of corruption and bribery against them.
The action by RAG on Monday, September 17, 2018 follows other bans issued against Ghanaian referees caught up in a documentary by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which alleged widespread corruption and bribery among referees in Ghana.
CAF and FIFA have already banned the referees on the list of the Referees Association of Ghana.
According RAG, it has found 61 referees guilty of charges of bribery and corruption, three months after the allegations first emerged.
Therefore the association has handed out 10 year suspensions to 53 referees and banned another eight for life after studying footage from the investigation, and 14 referees who appeared in the video were deemed to have no case to answer.
Speaking to KweséESPN on the ban, Joe Debrah, RAG chairman said:
“In some cases, their names were just mentioned and at no point do we see them do anything wrong.
“They are not caught on video taking money, negotiating to fix a game or doing anything conclusive enough for us to ban or suspend them and unless we have evidence beyond doubt, we can’t suspend them”.