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Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations

The Kenyan referee caught in the BBC sting

Ghana has decided to dissolve its national football association a day after officials, including the body’s president, were shown in a documentary taking kickbacks, Information Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said on Thursday.

The two-hour documentary, “When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm’’, by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was provided to the authorities last month before being screened in public for the first time on Wednesday.

Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The Football Association said it would cooperate with any investigation

An assistant referee slated to work the upcoming World Cup has resigned from his position after an undercover BBC journalist posing as a Ghanaian soccer official offered him $600, and caught him on camera accepting the money.

BBC released a long-awaited documentary on corruption in African soccer Thursday morning, and this particular case was one of over 100 referees caught accepting money.

While the documentary does not explicitly show the referee in question, Adel Range Marwa, accepting the money in exchange for tampering with a match, referees are not allowed to accept gifts per FIFA rules. Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the journalist conducting the investigation, approached Marwa during the Africa Cup of Nations.

Marwa, the only Kenyan referee appointed to officiate this year, resigned shortly after the documentary went public. A handful of people have emerged in support of Marwa, questioning the pretenses under which the fake bribe was made, and noting that it does not make sense that he would have accepted just $600 knowing he would make at least $25,000 for his work as a referee this month.

Among the others caught in the documentary was Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was filmed accepting a fake $65,000 bribe.

The Ghanaian government says it will take steps to organize an improved governing body for the sport in the long term, and in the meantime, will put temporary systems in place.