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Ghanaian Defender Who Scored Two Deliberate Own Goals To Destroy 'Match-Fixing Plot' Has Been Banned

Daniel Marland

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Ghanaian Defender Who Scored Two Deliberate Own Goals To Destroy 'Match-Fixing Plot' Has Been Banned

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A Ghanaian Premier League defender has been banned for six months after scoring two deliberate own goals to stop a 'match-fixing plot'.

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Inter Allies star Hashmin Musah hit the headlines in July after putting the ball in his own net TWICE on purpose.

Musah came on with Allies 5-0 down to Ashanti Gold, then decided to knock past his goalkeeper twice to make it 7-0.

He explained in a post-match interview that he 'spoiled' a bet of the game ending 5-1 on purpose, a scheme he'd heard in his own team's hotel.

A statement has been released by the Ghana FA, which reads per GhanaSoccerNet: "Hashim Musah is banned from taking part in any football-related activity for a period of 24 months.

"However, the Committee has mitigated the sanctions due to the role he played in unravelling the fixed match.

"His sanction is therefore reduced to a period of six months and warned not to take the law into his hands but has a duty to disclose any such occurring to the GFA through the Integrity Hotline."

It's quite clear the goals weren't an accident. Musah was substituted following the incident.

"After the game, my technical team commended me for spoiling the bet they had staked," Musah told Kumasi FM per Goal.

"I promised my coach that if he allows me to play from the bench, I will spoil the bet. And after the game, my team congratulated me.

"I heard it in our hotel that a bet had been made for a correct scoreline of 5-1 against my club Inter Allies.

"I decided to spoil that bet because I don't condone betting."

Other players involved in the match have been banned and Inter Allies have been relegated to Divison Two and fined, despite claiming they had no part in the saga.

Musah no longer plays for Allies and joined Nigerien outfit Union Sportive Gendarmerie Nationale last year.

The 25-year-old will be hoping to return to action by the end of the year.

Topics: Ghana

Daniel Marland
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