‘I Regret Refusing $50,000 Bribe’ – Retired Ghanaian Referee Says

Retired Ghanaian referee, now Assistant Referees Manager for Eastern Regional Football Association, Solomon Yamoah, has confessed his regrets in not accepting a $50,000 bribe offered him in Sierra Leone when he refereed some years ago.

Solomon Yamoah, former FIFA certified referee recounts that he was appointed by CAF to officiate an Afcon qualifier between Sierra Leone and Congo.

He revealed that a night before the game, he and his assistants were approached by some men who offered to give them $50,000 to officiate in favour of the host team.

Mr Yamoah said he refused to accept the offer.

“The amount was so huge in those days but we told them that Ghanaian referees don’t take a bribe,” he told Asempa FM in an exclusive interview.

“The Sierra Leoneans were so focused on winning through any means possible,” he added.

Mr Yamoah said sometimes he regrets not accepting the bribery offers that came his way as a referee because he would have been a better person financially since refereeing during their era was not lucrative.

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