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The Liberian referee,Jerry Yekeh was spotted in the video ,in the referee dressing room scene ,where there was dishing out of cash for all the referees that will handle the match for the day .It was a match involving Ghana .A controversial Ghanaian Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas released a shocking video of how match officials on the African continent receive bribe to influence the results of matches locally and internationally.The video eye-documented by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has since gone wide across the world.
It featured over 100 referees and other top class football officials in Africa, prime among the President of the Ghanaian Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi.
One of the video footages show experience Liberian referee Jerry Yekeh among some referees receiving bribe ahead of the match between Ghana vs Mali in the 2017 WAFU Nation Cup held in Cape Coast, Ghana. The audio-visual material in our possession clearly define how Jerry Yekeh was given the said amount. Despite he was not capture taking the money ,our source in the Ghanaian capital revealed that the original videos reveals him taking the money -as the payment was made to the 3 referees in the dressing room which he was among.
Although Yekeh is not shown receiving money like his colleagues did in the referee room, the Liberian is clearly seen in the video bringing some match materials in the room where the action was taking place and later went behind the scene.According to Anas’s undercover reporters, all the referees that officiated Ghana’s games at the September 2017 West African Football Union (WAFU) Tournament held in Cape Coast were bribed.
The investigators made specific reference to the September 16, 2017 Group A match between hosts Ghana and Mali which was officiated Yekeh.
Liberia Referee clearly seen in the video inline to collect $500.00: video source BBC
As shown, the referees were ushered in the room where Anas’s undercover reporters were given out the cash by Charles Donwouna, a senior Ghanaian Technical Instructor who was also in charge of referees at the 2017 WAFU Nations Cup.
Each of the official in the room received US$ 500.00 from the under covered reporters who told them that they were for Team Ghana.But four times Liberia Football Association (LFA) Best Referee Award winner, Jerry Yekeh has since denied any involvement in the transaction although he was on the scene of the action and was the senior match official in the game which Ghana won 1-0 against Mali.
Jerry Yekeh however admitted entering the room, but said it was the game sheet that he brought and laid on the table as seen in the video. He also denied seeing his colleagues receiving money contrary to the clear video evidence.There have been calls in some quarter of the football circle in Liberia for Jerry Yekeh to abstain from all refereeing activities until an investigation is done.
In February 2017, it was reported that he received US$10,000.00 to influence the result of the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Wa All Stars of Ghana and Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya at the Tamale Stadium.Yekeh was supported in that match by Elisha Johnson and Johnson Gbartea as Assistants referee one and two while George Rogers was the fourth official.
Al Ahli Tripoli comfortably won the game 3-0 although Yekeh was accused of some controversial calls against the Ghanaian side.However, all of the three referees have refused to be drawn into the investigation apparently in support of their colleague.
Wafu Zone B final
Jerry Yekeh oversaw the Wafu Zone B final on Thursday between host Ghana and Senegal at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi which the host won 3-1.His callings were timely and appropriate as there were no rejections to the many calls he made on fouls, offsides and even the two penalties called for Ghana and the expulsion of Senegal’s Thioune Ousseynou in the 86th minutes of the match.
Before that final appearance, the Liberian Referee officiated two matches in the group stage, including Ghana’s 1-0 defeat to Benin in Group A and the draw between Sierra Leone and Benin.
He issued his first of two red cards in the tournament to Ghana as they lost to Benin with the goal coming from the awarding of a deserved penalty against the home side.Jerry was selected to referee the final match between Ghana and Senegal ahead of eight other top central referees in the region becoming the first Liberian match official to do so in years.
Who is FIFA Referee Jerry Yekeh
He became a FIFA Referee in 2009.The 34 years old began his referee career in 2002 after his parent stopped him from playing football and study instead. He became the first ever Liberian football referee to officiate at a football final [GoTV Wafu Zone B competition] in Ghana as well on the international level . Jerry is one of Liberia’s elite referees at the moment who has decorated himself with several awards on the local front including most prominent referee award in 2007/2008 and Liberia’s best referee awards in 2009/2010 and 2011/2012.He is a social worker in Liberia.
Yekeh has officiated in several finals on the local front including National county meet, national third division playoffs, and Liberian FA cup finals. His participation in that Sub regional football final lay to rest criticisms from football fans that Liberian football referees are not up to the task to compete on the international scene.
Story by Staff Reporter