Mr Albert Yahaya Commey Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AshantiGold, has rendered an apology to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the sporting fraternity for his comments on match fixing allegations in the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League (GPL).
Mr. Commey alleged on a local radio station on Monday that, match-day 34 GPL between Accra Hearts of Oak and Real Tamale United among other matches in the latter stages of this season’s league was fixed.
In his apology letter, Mr. Commey retracted his unpleasant comments explaining that he had been unwell for some months now and should have declined the interview request because he was not in his right frame of mind.
He said, “I have come to the realization that the interview I 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 which 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 GFA for making such unpleasant comments and hereby retract anything I said in the interview.”
He added that, “I deeply regret every word I spewed out in the said interview and hereby render my sincerest apologies to whoever has been affected by my comments including the sporting public.”