General News of 2014-06-23

GFA boss to sue The Telegraph over match fixing

Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kwesi Nyantakyi has rubbished a report in the United Kingdom’s tabloid, The Telegraph, and Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, saying it is a calculated attempt to cast a slur not only on his image but that of the GFA and the world governing body of football, FIFA.

“This is a matter that has been well calculated to tarnish my image as well as that of the football association and even FIFA because they are releasing a report of untruth at a very critical time of the world cup to divert attention and also cast a slur on the image of the entire competition.”

The tabloid cited Mr Nyantakyi and Obed Nketiah, a Ghanaian football administrator, in agreeing to fix Black Stars international matches.

However, in an interview on Monday, June 23, the GFA boss said he got to know a FIFA player agent and Mr Nketia in Ghana over a proposal to buy rights to Black Stars friendly matches for the next one year.

Mr Nyantakyi, who is currently with the Stars in Brazil, said as lucrative as the deal seemed, he asked the gentlemen to put the proposal in writing so he could forward to GFA’s Executive Committee, Ex Co, the highest decision-making body of the Association.

He said though they brought the contract he had not had time to peruse it, let alone forward it to the Legal Committee of the GFA for onward submission to the Ex Co.

He assured Ghanaians to keep calm as, according to him, the report is a figment of the reporters’ imagination.

“There’s really no cause of alarm as far as I am concerned because nothing untoward has happened involving me or the federation and all the noise being made is of no consequence.”

Mr Nyatankyi said the GFA will file a suit against the newspaper “to come and establish an agreement if an agreement can be reached with a corporate body like the GFA by a draft contract.”

“The newspaper should brace themselves up and get ready.”