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SBD Global/June 24, 2014/World Cup
Undercover London Telegraph Investigation Exposes Ghana Match-Fixing
Published June 24, 2014
CAUGHT ON TAPE: In a separate piece by Watt, the Telegraph released video of Nyantakyi "meeting reporters and investigators" from the Telegraph and Channel 4's Dispatches at a five-star hotel in Miami. During the "covertly recorded encounter" at the St. Regis Bal Harbour hotel at the beginning of June, Nyantakyi said the sports investment group should have an “experimental period” before the Ghana FA "agreed that all their friendly matches should be organised by Diamond." FIFA said Ghana had reported the matter and it was “evaluating the matter.” The World Cup organizers said they took “allegations of match manipulation very seriously” (TELEGRAPH, 6/23).
GHANA DENIAL: REUTERS' Mark Gleeson reported the Ghana FA "denied British media reports." Nyantakyi said the reports were "a representation of half-truths and half-lies." Nyantakyi: "It's not true that we have agreed with match fixers or people who intend to organize matches of convenience between the Black Stars and any opponent in the future" (REUTERS, 6/23). The BBC reported Nyantakyi "is to sue" the Telegraph over the story. Nyantakyi said that he "has sent a seven-page response" to both parties and is also considering taking legal action against the Channel 4 show. None of the claims "involve matches at the World Cup" (BBC, 6/23).