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GFA dissolution: FIFA can ban Ghana – Sports Minister

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Minister of Sports Isaac Asiamah has said the government is not the least worried about the ramifications with its plans to dissolve the Ghana Football Association (GFA) over graft claims.

Over 70 professional referees and officials of the GFA were caught on tape receiving bribes to rig games and influence the selection of players into the Ghana national teams.

The GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi also got himself involved in a dubious sponsorship deal with supposed investors and demanded close to $15 million to grease the palms of senior government officials to court favours for the sponsors against the code of the GFA, CAF and FIFA.

After screening the damaging undercover video by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the government has announced plans to dissolve the FA, despite a looming FIFA ban.

Speaking on the development, the Sports Minister said the Akufo-Addo government is aware of the implications, but it is inevitable.

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“We know the implications of a ban on Ghana, but if that should happen we need to know that it comes with that repercussions, but we will accept them and move on,” Mr. Asiamah stated.

He added: “We should have taken this decision a long time ago. It’s a golden opportunity for Ghana to clean our football. Can you imagine about 76 of our referees are involved in this so how can we continue with our league?”

The decision if implemented will result in the suspension of the professional league and a FIFA ban from all international competitions resulting in an all-time low ranking.

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