Former Hearts of Oak and Kotoko gaffer David Duncan has said that he has never taken bribe in his coaching career.
He made this statement after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) handed a lifetime ban to one Ghanaian assistant referee (David Laryea) and 10-year bans to seven others for their roles in a bribery scandal uncovered by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
CAF announced the sanctions to the 8 officials in a statement following a Disciplinary Board meeting on August 5. The referees were among 74 Ghanaian referees implicated in a bribery scandal captured in an undercover documentary of corruption in Ghanaian football.
In an interview on Asempa FM’s Ultimate Sports Show, the experienced coach said “I am 100% clean”.
“I have never taken a bribe or anything by way of gift in my coaching career because it might compromise me”.
“We are where we are because referees are considered untouchable in Ghana”, he added”.
The decision means Assistant Referee David Laryea, recipient of the life ban can no longer officiate CAF-sanctioned football matches while the others will be off the pitch for 10 years.
The seven others are: Mr Reginald Lathbridge, Mr Eric Nantierre, Mr Cecil Fleischer, Mr Dawood Ouedrago, Mr Salifu Malik, Mrs Akongyam Theresa and Mr Joseph Wellington received 10-year bans.
By Queenster Agyepong