Mr. Solomon Yamoah, a former Ghanaian referee, has expressed remorse for not accepting a $50,000 bribe from Sierra Leone years earlier.
In an interview with Asempa FM, Mr. Yamoah revealed that he had been named by CAF to officiate an Afcon qualifier between Sierra Leone and Congo.
Sierra Leone was so desperate to win the game that they confronted him and his assistant with a $50,000 offer to get the game decided in their favor.
“Ghanaian referees do not take bribes,” the former FIFA certified referee said when asked about the bid.
“At the time, the amount was enormous, but we assured them that Ghanaian referees do not accept bribes. He was quoted as saying, “The Sierra Leoneans were so intent on winning by whatever means possible.”
Mr. Yamoah, who is now the Eastern Regional Football Association’s assistant referees manager, says he sometimes regrets not taking the bribe because it would have made him a better person financially.