Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AshantiGold, Albert Commey has issued an apology and retracted allegations he made that a number of Premier League games played on the final day of just ended season were fixed.
In a recent interview with Space FM, the outspoken Football administrator alleged that the game between Hearts of Oak and Real Tamale United (RTU) on the final day of the season which surprisingly ended 4-1 in favor of RTU and ensured that they avoided relegation was fixed.
He also alleged that the game between Bibiani Gold Stars and his outfit AshantiGold which ended 2-2 and saw Yaw Annor score two goals to win the golden boot was fixed.
“Ghana Premier League was competitive but wasn’t happy with the final day because there were lots of fixed games. RTU never won any match away. AshGold vs Bibiani Gold Stars was fixed. Wonders vs Aduana was fixed. King Faisal vs Legon Cities was fixed,” Commey said on Space FM.
“Normally when it gets to that time, clubs want to survive. FA doesn’t know about it. How do you think Hearts of Oak will lose by four goals? Did you watch them yesterday? We shouldn’t be hypocrites or we won’t progress. I’m a Hearts fan, I’m telling you.”
He added: “Let us not be hypocrites or else we wouldn’t move forward in Ghana football. I won’t blame the GFA on this, because teams do everything possible to stay in the league during the latter part of the league.
The allegations from Albert Commey attracted widespread condemnation. The Ghana FA as well invited him to assist with investigations.
In the latest development, Albert Commey has released a press statement to issue an apology and retract his comments.
The statement read: “I have come to the realization that the interview granted to an Fm station in Sunyani recently has generated a lot of controversy among the football fraternity, especially the clubs whose names I mentioned in the said interview”
“My intention for granting that interview was to contribute to the discourse of alleged match-fixing in the Ghana Premier League and the serious effects it causes to the football industry.
“Unfortunately, in doing so, I made sweeping statements which affected the sporting integrity of some clubs and some matches of the just-ended Premier League. I wish to say that in my attempt to forcefully relay my personal opinion about the wrongful impact of alleged match-fixing in the League, I rather made vexatious statements that some clubs have not been happy about.
“I wish to render an unqualified apology to the clubs whose names I mentioned in the interview and to say that I did not intend to tarnish their image or bring them into public ridicule.
“I also apologize unreservedly to the Ghana Football Association for making such unpleasant comments and hereby retract anything I said in the interview.
“I must admit that I have been unwell for the past three months and should have declined the interview because I was not in the right frame of mind to make dispassionate comments which I am known for.
“I deeply regret every word spewed out in the said interview and hereby render my sincerest apologies to whoever has been affected by my comments including the sporting public,” he added.
Despite the apology, Albert Commey Aryeetey is expected to meet the GFA on Friday July 9,2022 at 2pm to help with investigations.