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Ghanaian Defender Who Claims Own Goals Stopped Match-Fixing Plot, Is Charged With Match-Fixing

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Ghanaian Defender Who Claims Own Goals Stopped Match-Fixing Plot, Is Charged With Match-Fixing

A Ghanaian defender who became a viral sensation for scoring two of the most deliberate own goals ever seen, has been charged with match-fixing.

In July, Inter Allies central defender Hashmin Musah became the talk of the town when he put through his own net on two occasions back-to-back against Ashanti Gold in the Ghana Premier League.

He came on as a substitute in the game and scored the two own goals with 12 minutes remaining when his side were 5-0 down.

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Footage showed how unbelievably obvious Musah's antics were, but he claimed he did it to ensure the game didn't finish 5-1 - which was the scoreline placed in a bet.

"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.

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"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."

Yet, following an investigation from the Ghanaian FA, Musah is one of 18 players from both teams involved in the game to be charged for their role in the match-fixing plot.

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According to the BBC, Musah could be looking at a lengthy ban from football for his conduct.

Six officials from the two sides have been charged, including a head coach, president and chief executive.

Musah and two teammates are in trouble, while 15 Ashanti Gold players are facing being disciplined once all statements of defence have been submitted and received.

Kwaku Frimpong, president of Ashanti Gold, denies any wrongdoing on the part of his players and club.

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'We have not done anything bad because we always beat people 4-0, 5-0 or 5-4," Frimpong told BBC Sport Africa.

"We beat them five and their defender [Musah] scored two himself. I think they have to put the blame on the guy who scored himself because it's unprecedented.

"So why do we have to blame Ashanti Gold? This is jealousy and they just want to destroy my name. I have not talked to any president or any club. We have done nothing."

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Josh Lawless
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