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Ghana vows action after match-fixing claims

Ghana's football association says it has called in the police after it was caught up in a match-fixing 'sting'.

An undercover investigation by Channel 4's Dispatches and the Daily Telegraph identified two people, one a licensed FIFA agent and the other a Ghana club official, who said they could fix friendly matches involving the national side, who are currently involved in the World Cup.

The Ghanaian national side before Saturday's draw with Germany.
The Ghanaian national side before Saturday's draw with Germany. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

A statement from the association said: "The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has requested the Ghana Police Service to investigate two persons for misrepresenting the GFA with an attempt to defraud.

"The two were also allegedly filmed claiming that they would bribe GFA officials to ensure that the contract is signed.

"We wish to state that the GFA did not sign the contract as we waited for the response from the legal committee and that the two gentlemen did not make such corrupt offers to the GFA or its officials."

The Telegraph/Dispatches said GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi agreed that some matches could be played - but he did not suggest they could be fixed.

Wright offers reward for information leading to arrests

Ian Wright has offered a reward for any information that could lead to the arrest of the men who broke into his London home.


Thank you everyone for your kind words of support. There will be a reward for any information leading to arrests. Justice will be done.

More: Ian Wright flies home from Brazil after family burgled


Ibrahim Toure 'died after battle with cancer'

Ibrahim Toure, the younger brother of footballers Kolo and Yaya Toure, passed away following a battle with cancer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The paper reports that Toure, 28, was being treated at the Christie in Manchester that describes itself as "one of Europe's leading cancer centres".

The Ivory Coast's Football Association has confirmed that Toure, who played for Lebanese side Al-Safa, had passed away on Thursday.

Ian Wright robbers 'threatened to cut off wife's fingers'

The burglars who raided Ian Wright's north London home held a knife to his wife Nancy's throat and threatened to cut off her fingers, the former England international has said.

"They threatened to cut her fingers off and even threatened to do the same to the children, who were both upstairs and in their bedrooms," the ITV Sport analyst told The Sun.

He expressed relief that his two children did not witness he ordeal, saying: "Throughout it, Nancy was praying the children wouldn't wake up or come downstairs to see what was going on."

"It would have been devastating for them to see what was happening - we're both so relieved that didn't happen."

Read: Ian Wright's MBE stolen in burglary

Ian Wright's MBE stolen in burglary

ITV football analyst Ian Wright has revealed that his MBE was among a number of his possessions stolen by masker burglars when they raided his London home on Wednesday evening.

Four men barged into Wright's home before holding his wife at knife-point and forcing her to open a safe.

Ian Wright shows off his MBE. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

As well as his MBE, awarded in 2000 for services to football, the robbers took several valuable watches, including one given to him by Arsenal in 1998 when the club won the league and FA Cup double.

Wright was working as a World Cup analyst in Brazil but flew back to the UK as soon as he learned of the incident.

Read: Ian Wright 'really upset and angry' after burglary


Ian Wright 'hopes others in Brazil won't be targeted'

Ian Wright is "trying to get the message out" to people working at the World Cup in Brazil to make sure they do not become targets for burglaries, his spokeswoman has said.

Wright has flown home from covering the tournament after his north-west London home was raided on Wednesday night, with his wife and children reportedly held at knifepoint.

Ian Wright and fellow pundit Glenn Hoddle watch an England World Cup warm-up game in Miami. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

"Hopefully, with enough media coverage, this won't happen to any other players or people who are over in the World Cup. Ian is trying to get the message out," the spokeswoman said.

Read: Ian Wright's wife and children 'burgled at knifepoint'

Ian Wright 'really upset and angry' after burglary

Ian Wright is "really upset and angry" after his family home was burgled, with his wife and two children reportedly being held at knife point.

Police have said they are investigating a case of aggravated burglary at the ITV football analyst's home in north-west London, with four men suspected of carrying out the raid.

A spokeswoman for Wright, who is flying home from covering the World Cup in Brazil, said his wife Nancy was "really shaken up" but that she and her children were "physically OK".

She added: "Ian is currently on a flight home from Brazil now and he lands at lunchtime. He is going straight home to see his family.

"Ian is just really upset and angry and just wants to come back and be with his family at this time."

Read: Ian Wright's wife and children 'burgled at knifepoint'

Police 'probe burglary at Ian Wright's home'

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary at what is believed to be the home of ITV football analyst Ian Wright.

Wright's north-west London house was reportedly burgled last night, with his wife and two children held at knifepoint during the raid.

A Scotland Yard statement said: "We are investigating an aggravated burglary at an address in north-west London after we were called at 9.20 last night.

"Personal possessions were stolen. The suspects are described as four black men aged between 18 and 25, with London accents, wearing dark clothing and hoodies obscuring their faces."

Read: Ian Wright's wife and children 'burgled at knifepoint'

Wright says 'you won't get away with it' after 'burglary'

Football analyst Ian Wright last night tweeted "You won't get away with it!" in what may have been a message to the men who reportedly burgled his home while holding his family at knifepoint.

The Sun reports that Wright's manager Steve Kutner said: “It was a terrifying ordeal. They marched Ian’s wife from room to room."

He also thanked ITV for returning him home from Brazil immediately after he learnt of the incident.

Read: Ian Wright's wife and children 'burgled at knifepoint'

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