Ghana Premier League giants Accra Hearts of Oak have released a statement in connection with the latest documentary by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
In Wednesday’s premiere of the shocking video, some officials of the GFA and football officials were seen taking bribes to influence player selection and compromise matches among others.
The statement posted on the official website and twitter account of Hearts of Oak criticized Anas for using agent of his Tiger eye PI company to influence their matches in the local top-flight.
The Phobians are 'disturbed' that agent of the production company used the club to serve its purpose of exposing corruption in the game.
Read Full Statement;
Like many Ghanaians, we watched with interest the investigative documentary, #Number12, by anasglobal and offer the FF comments:
1. We believe that anything legal and ethical that uncovers the truth, creates transparency and holds people accountable is good for football in Ghana. We ALL need to hold ourselves to the highest standards, on and off the pitch, if we wish to realize the vast potential of the sport here.
2. While we were pleased and not surprised that no official of our club was implicated in the report, we are deeply disturbed that Accra Hearts of Oak SC was used by actors planted by the production company to serve their purpose.This unauthorized use of imposter posing as Club officials is not something we would ever condone, and we strongly condemn it.
3. As a Club, we have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to any sort of bribery or match manipulation. This policy is covered in our Club's Code of Ethics, in employment agreements and contracts signed by our coaches and players. Anyone violating this policy will be immediately terminated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
4. We also strongly believe in due process and hope that those that have been accused have the opportunity to defend themselves without prejudice. That said, we also call upon those who know they have done wrong to look in the mirror and do the right thing. That said, we also call upon those who know they have done wrong to look in the mirror and do the right thing by immediately resigning from their positions.
5. Finally, we call on all those who truly care about football in Ghana to use this moment to bond together and create a better future for the game in this country. There are so many honest, hard-working, and dedicated servants of Ghana football. There are so many honest, hard-working, and dedicated servants of Ghana football who don't deserve to be painted by this dirty brush. We look forward to joining them and doing our part to restore confidence and joy in the beautiful game in this beautiful country.
Chief Executive Officer