By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo,
A total of 53 matches officials in Ghana have been sanctioned by the Referees’ Association of Ghana, RAG, in the wake of an investigation into bribery and corruption.
Some six referees have received life ban while 47 match officials have been given 10 years each. 14 of them were exonerated.
In a statement, RAG said those facing lifetime bans “were found culpable for seriously breaching various portions of Disciplinary Code, Code of the Ethics and Regulations of the football governing bodies by their actions and inactions.”
RAG also confirmed the sanctions handed down by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, last month with two ban for life and six others for 10 years.
The latest sanctions bring the total with life bans to eight and those with 10-year bans to 53. According to reports, those on the list released by RAG have until 1 October to appeal against the rulings.
Meanwhile, David Laryea and Reginald Lathbridge had already been banned for life by CAF. They have been joined by Safo Adade, Samuel Sukah, Dally Gagba, Furella Barnie, Charles Duwona and Umar Teni.
This is the latest fallout from Anas’ film that has seen the Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi resign from his post, as well as from positions he held with CAF and FIFA.
The investigation into bribery and corruption case was launched after the officials were secretly filmed accepting money by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.