'Ghana FA gurus forced me to cheat'

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Retired referee Stephen Nsor has made the shock claim that he was forced to manipulate matches by members of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

The former Ghana Premier League match official has insisted that pressure from unnamed "gurus" in the GFA to favour certain teams in games led to him making an early retirement from the profession.

With Nsor having been appointed as the referee for an MTN FA Cup clash between Accra Hearts of Oak and Elmina Sharks in 2017, the retired match official has claimed he received pressure from above to officiate in favour of Hearts, who ended up winning the semi-final by a scoreline of 2-0, according to GhanaWeb.

"I went for Hearts and Elmina Sharks game some years back," he told Nimde3 FM.

"It was an FA Cup game around somewhere in 2017. Before the game, some gurus at the FA influenced the match – some are still there.

"They forced us to let Hearts of Oak win so that they can meet Kotoko [in the final]. I am telling you. Just to let Hearts of Oak win. It was played in Accra.

"The park was good, the weather too was very conducive for football. The Sharks thought they were going to beat Hearts of Oak, checking at the jama and their morale level.

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"We thought we were going to officiate the game fairly but the thing changed. I am telling you.

"We handled it according to what they said. You know that the game is not fair. Football is not fair in Ghana.

"I stopped officiating because of that. Officiating is not like playing football.

"Being a good player, some big clubs can come for you, but in officiating it is not like who is performing but whom you know, your links and your connections will send you far."

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