Kumasi Asante Kotoko, have released a statement condemning investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI for fixing matches against the club in their latest Number 12 expose.
In an official statement from the club, they express dissatisfaction about the conduct of referees involved in the match-fixing scandal which resulted to the poor handling of some league matches notably their match against Accra Hearts of Oak handled by referee Samuel Suker played in Accra last season.
Samuel Suker who allegedly took bribe awarded Hearts a dubious penalty which led to Kotoko losing the game 1-0.
The club also called on the government to speed up the steps to restructure, modernised and cleansed football administration to steer the affairs of the game in a way that its lovers have been yearning for over the years.
Below is the statement:
1. The release of the Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye Pl No. l2 exposed to the general public has sent shockwaves through the spines of all and sundry.
2. The number 12 documentary has really, exposed the rot and moral decadence in the Ghana Football Association spearheaded by its former president Mr. Kwesi Nyantak1
3. We however strongly condemn Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team for scheming their match-fixing scandals to go against Asante Kotoko Sporting Club.
4. We express our utter disgust and disaffection about the conduct of the referees involved in the match-fixing scandal which resulted to the poor handling of some league matches notably our match against Accra Hearts of Oak handled by referee Samuel Suker played in Accra last season.
5. The painful losses suffered by our club in the said match and other matches through similar machinations are irreparable, irreversible and incalculable.
6. We appeal to the security agencies not to leave any stone unturned in their quest to conducting further thorough investigations to get to the bottom of the matter.
7. We declare our unflinching support and co-operation for any legitimate and laudable move b_v the Government of Ghana, FIFA, CAF and any local body' mandated to inject sanity into football administration.
8. We, however, draw the attention of the government to the dire consequences the football clubs are likely to face especially, the financial implications on club administrators if football activities are not restored within the shortest possible time.
9. We, therefore, appeal to the government to speed Lrp the steps being taken to put in place a well structured, modernized, transparent and cleansed football administration to steer the affairs of the game in a way that its lovers have been yearning for over the years.
10. It is our conviction therefore that football administration in the country would see a complete facelift after going through the various reforms.
11. We call on our teeming supporters well wishers and sympathizers to remain calm during these turbulent times that our most- cherished sporting activity goes into hibernation.