Former Class One referee, Silas Okine, has described deputy chairman of the Ghana Referees’ Association (RAG), Joe Debrah of being corrupt.
75 Ghanaian referees and match officials were captured on tape receiving monies from undercover investigators from Tiger Eye PI who posed as agents for some premiere league clubs.
In an attempt to sanitize the association, mother body of the referees governing body (RAG) set up a five-member Disciplinary Committee to investigate the incident.
On Monday, RAG released a statement that they had accepted the recommendations made by the committee where 14 referees were exonerated as they claimed did not have any evidence to punish them.
Meanwhile, 61 were found guilty and had been suspended for 10 years each, out of the 61, 8 of them have been banned for life.
But former referee Silas Okine questioned the moral right of Joe Debrah and some executives of not having the moral right to superintend suspension of the beleaguered referees as he witnessed Mr. Debrah accepting a bribe to influence result of a game involving Premier League side, AshantiGold, during a heated verbal exchange between the pair on Happy FM’s Anopa Bosuo Sports.
“Referee Joe Debrah and myself went to take bribe at the Anyinam Lodge in a match involving AshantiGold. Referee Joe Debrah went with me to take the bribe on two different occasions,” Okine stated on Happy FM.
“Referee Joe Debrah took me in his car and we went for the money, so he has no moral right to ban referees for taking bribe.”