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Corruption in Ghana football will never end – Former Ghana star

Ghana star, Awudu Issaka says bribery and corruption in Ghana football will never come to an end if referees are not properly paid.

“We have to be honest with ourselves and lower our expectation for the Normalization Committee,” the former FIFA U-17 World Cup winner told Asempa FM.

“I say this because there is no way that the bribery in Ghana football will stop.

“It will never stop because club officials are not ready to stop and the referees are also poorly paid to the extent that they need to depend on the gifts that home clubs offer them.

“Sometimes, I give the referees who officiate in my [club’s] games appreciation fee, and I don’t see it as a bribe.

“It doesn’t matter whether I lose the game or win, I still give them because I know how poorly they are paid.”

A four-member Normalization Committee has been set up by Fifa cleanse Ghana football following the airing of the Anas Aremeyaw Anas video.

The committee is led by Dr Kofi Amoah, Chairman, Ms Lucy Quist, vice chairperson, Naa Odofoley Nortey and Mr Duah Adonteng as members.

Over 75 referees have been suspended as a result of the expose and some hit as hard as with life bans.

The Referees Association of Ghana earlier this month, banned as many as 61 referees fingered in the exposé.

The poor working conditions and remuneration of referees across Ghana’s football divisions, though, has been an age-old concern.

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