The Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) has suspended 74 of its members whose names came up in the recent investigative film by the journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The Association in a statement indicated that while a final determination is yet to be taken by its Disciplinary Committee against the 74 persons, it has issued a provisional suspension.
The referees, who include FIFA referees, Assistant FIFA referees, Premier League referees and retired referees, were caught among other offences taking bribes to influence the outcome of football matches. In the film titled Number 12, which was premiered throughout the country some months ago, some of the referees were captured boasting about their credentials in showing players undeserved red cards.
Some of the referees who have been suspended include; FIFA referees Issaka Afful and Reginald Lathbridge.
The retired referees who have also been suspended include; Leanier Addy and Charles Dowuona.
Referee Samuel Sukah, who awarded a controversial penalty opportunity to Accra Hearts of Oak in 2017 in their game against archrivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko that became a top subject for major sports discussions in the subsequent weeks has also been suspended after Anas’ video showed that he had taken a bribe to ensure victory for Accra Hearts of Oak in that match.
Read the full statement below:
The Referees Association of Ghana (RAG)wishes to inform all stakeholders of the game of football and the general public that the underlisted Referees, Assistants Referees and Retired Referees whose names came up in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposé have been provisionally suspended pending the final determination of their case by the Disciplinary Committee of RAG.
Prosper Adii Issaka Afful Reginald Lathbridge Nathan Anafo Cecil Amatey Fleischer Adaari Latif
ASSISTANT FIFA REFEREES Dawood Ouedraogo Ibrahim Adam Badiu Eric Nantiere A. S. Malik David Adjin David Laryea Theresa Akogyam
PREMIER LEAGUE REFEREES
Yaw Ametepey Dally Gagba William Agbovi Sylvester Adzoku S. B. Bortey Nuhu Liman Mclord Arhin Emmanuel Ansah Amofa Sarkodiee Justice Adu Poku Timothy Obuobisa Wiseman Ghansah Prince Amoah Samuel Sukah Samuel Kyeremeh Otis Oppong Awal Mohammed Daniel Dogbetor Uriah Glah Eku Boateng Solomon Mordey
PREMIER LEAGUE ASSISTANT REFEREES Alhassan yahaya Haruna Bawa Safo Adade Samuel Borquaye Samuel Opoku Boateng Alhassan Badiu Ben Wormawor Emurana Salifu Joseph Ayambila Salifu Rahman Samuel Asiedu Joseph Sey Ashitey Armah Jason Nunoo Philip Darko Ashong Ibrahim Augustine Akugri Ben Samari Kennedy Bentil Freeman Awulo Nii Kotey Kotei
DIVISION ONE REFEREES
Heyford Adehe Dickson Wellington Abraham Poku Prince Coffie
DIVISION ONE ASSISTANT REFEREES
Saviour Amevor Atsu Dogbey Charles Abloh Daniel Diawu Joseph Laryea E. B. Quaye
Fulera Iddrisu Bamie Eugenia Asigri Richlove Awuah Esther Awo Detse
Leanier Addy S. A. Quaye Wellington Joseph Umar Teni Charles Dowuona
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