Ghanaian own-goal hero gets reduced ban

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The Ghanaian defender who went viral after scoring two own goals to "spoil the bet" an opposition team had made has received some good news after the Ghana Football Association found both teams guilty of match-fixing.

Last year, Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah came on as a substitute during his club's final game of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season and shocked everyone when he scored two blatant own goals to help the opposition, Ashanti Gold, inflict a one-sided 7-0 victory on his team.   

He later claimed that he scored the goals in a bid to spoil a wager Ashanti had made, telling Kumasi FM that: "After the game, my technical team commended me for spoiling the bet they had staked. 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 five goals to one against my club, Inter Allies. I decided to spoil that bet because I don't condone betting."

However, in a turn of events in September 2021, the player himself was charged with match-fixing and later banned for two years.

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Now, according to Pulse Ghana, his sanction has been reduced to six months after Ashanti Gold were found guilty of match manipulation, with the club having been demoted to Division Two while coach Thomas Duah and team manager Aidoo Ahmed have been banned for two years from all football-related activities.   

Ashanti president Kwaku Frimpong has also been banned from all football-related activities for 10 years and was fined 100 000 Ghanaian cedi (R208 000) for his involvement in betting and match-fixing, according to Ghana-based journalist Saddick Adams. 

Inter Allies have also received a demotion after they were charged for a breach of Article 34(5)(a) of the Premier League Regulations (2019) for instigating and counselling its players to play a fixed match.

As such, a number of their players have also been handed bans for their participation in breaching the rule, including Mohammed Zakari, Richard Acquaah, Shaibu Taufiq, and Felix Abuska. 

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