GHALCA boss Fianoo explains why refs take bribe

Kudjo Fianoo

Kudjo Fianoo

The Chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), Mr Kudjoe Fianoo has explained that referees accept bribes to influence games because they lack the resources to undertake their responsibilities independently.


The experienced football administrator indicated the referees accept bribes to enable them acquire some logistics required for an assignment, especially those that are required to travel far.


Speaking on Accra based Happy FM, he pointed out that as long as the authorities fail to make referees comfortable, the bribe menace will continue to haunt stakeholders of the game.

He made the assertion in response to a recent decision by the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) to suspended 74 referees after concluding investigations into members caught in the ‘Number12’ documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Tiger PI.

The decision expected to bring sanity into the profession has rather generated debate with some members including a retired referee, Silas Okine inquiring the constitutionality of that decision.

But during the interview, Mr Fianoo said it would be a tough task weeding out the bad nuts among the referees as long as their deficiencies and loopholes are not addressed.

“The bribe givers are only taking advantage of the loopholes to get matches influenced in their favour or for other favours.”

He stated that the lack of resources for local referees is a major reason why they accept bribes but was optimistic there are still good referees in the country.

“We can still get good referees to officiate our games. Our referees made bad decisions because they don’t have the materials to help them in their job like the Europeans do.”

This, he said, was the reason why the corporate sector must show concern to the development and promotion of the game because football is a unifier and when it is organised well, it enhances the unity and cohesion in the country.

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