GFA’s decision on BA United FC and Bolga All Stars FC bribery case
The GFA Ethics Committee has released its decision on the case of alleged bribery and match fixing between BA United FC and Bolga All Stars FC in the 2015/16 GN Bank Division One League Day 28 match played in Sunyani.
DECISION ON ALLEGED BRIBERY AND MATCH FIXING IN THE 2015/16 GN BANK DIVISION ONE LEAGUE MATCH DAY 28 GAME BETWEEN BA UNITED FC AND BOLGA ALL STARS FC PLAYED ON SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 AT THE SUNYANI STADIUM
The GFA Ethics Committee chaired by its Vice Chairman has dismissed the case of bribery and match fixing between BA United FC and Bolga All Stars FC in respect of their Day 28 match.
Based on a request by the Division One League Board to find out if there was bribery and match fixing between BA United FC and Bolga All Stars FC, the Committee commenced its investigations on 15 September 2016.
Subsequently the Committee also received a petition from Wamnafo Mighty Royals FC as an interested party. This was after it was alleged that supporters of BA United attacked and accused some of its club officials of taking money from Bolga All Stars to fix their league match in favour of the latter.
The Committee took into consideration evidence from the Division One League Board (DOLB) and all parties (oral, written, audio and video).
From the evidence presented before the Committee, there is no direct proof that indeed money changed hands between the two clubs prior or during the match. Evidence from both the referee and the match commissioner’s reports do not suggest that is was a match of convenience.
The Committee believes that there are no bases for the claim of bribery and match fixing between the two clubs notwithstanding the pieces of evidence before the Committee. For the simple reason that the pieces of evidence does not directly point to a giver or a taker of the alleged bribe.
The reasons for this decision shall be made available to the GFA and to all parties soon.
IN ATTENDANCE; MR. FELIX ANYINSAH – VICE CHAIRMAN, PROF. GEORGE ARMAH – MEMBER, MR. IS-HAK ALHASSAN – MEMBER, MR. ADDAI KYEREMEH – MEMBER, WILLIAM BOSSMAN – SECRETARY
9TH DECEMBER, 2016