Retired Ghanaian referee who is expected to supervise other referees says he regrets rejecting a $5000 bribe during a time when he was appointed by CAF to officiate an Afcon qualifier between Sierra Leone and Congo.
Mr. Solomon Yamoah,who is now the Assistant Referees Manager for Eastern Regional Football Association, speaking on Asempa FM revealed that Sierra Leon wanted to win the game so bad that they approached him and his assistant to rule the game in their favor for a fee of $50,000.
The former FIFA certified referee said he refused the offer saying “Ghanaian referees don’t take a bribe.”.
“The amount was so huge in those days but we told them that Ghanaian referees don’t take a bribe. The Sierra Leoneans were so focused on winning through any means possible,”
He said he would have ended his career immediately if he had taken that amount and start a new life outside football but he was passionate about the game and much concerned with his name that will appear in the newspapers than money, the reason he couldn’t make money from his refereeing career.
This clearly shows poverty is destroying the good morals of some Ghanaians.