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22.03.2007 Football News

PLB Urges Stiffer Punishment For Offenders

By Times Sports Reporter

THE Professional League Board (PLB) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has appealed to the judiciary to hand stiffer punishment to persons who are found guilty of bribery in cases involving match-fixing.

This, according to the league organising body, would curb the rising incidence of attempted briberies in the Onetouch Permier League.

On its part, the PLB said various measures will continue to be put in place to make players and officials aware of the ramifications of such acts.

The PLB’s concern followed alleged attempt by one Eric Antwi to bribe three players of Kpando Heart of Lions ahead of their 25th Week Onetouch Premier League fixture against Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Kpando Park.

Heartily, the players in question did not fall prey to the approach, a statement issued by the PLB said, and additionally commended them for their sense of professionalism.

According to the statement, though the culprit was punished, it was important for the courts to give out stiffer punishment to serve as a deterrent to others.

It appealed to clubs, especially players to disclose the identities of all those who make such overtures for necessary action to be applied, adding, 'this would help curb the ugly incidence of influencing matches.'