Solomon Yamoah, the Assistant Referees Manager for Eastern Regional Football Association, has expressed regret in not taking a $50,000 bribe he was offered by Sierra Leone during his active days of officiating for CAF in a crucial AFCON qualifies match.
According to Mr. Solomon Yamoah, on the eve before the clash, his team was approached by some individuals who offered to pay them an amount of $50,000 should they decide to officiate in favor of the Ethiopian national team.
But interestingly, he refused the offer and he indicated that he told the gentlemen men “Ghanaian referees don’t take a bribe.” Speaking in an interview on Asempa FM, he said: “The amount was so huge in those days but we told them that Ghanaian referees don’t take a bribe.”
“The Sierra Leoneans were so focused on winning through any means possible,” he added.
He argued that he regrets not taking that offer back then considering the fact that the refereeing career wasn’t as lucrative as it is today. Should he have accepted the bribe, he argued that he would have been in a better financial position today.
Mr. Yamoah noted that should he have taken the money, he would have ended his career immediately and start a new life outside football.
But back then his passion for the game was so intense and he was much concerned about his reputation – and that was the reason he didn’t take the bribe.
Nonetheless, Mr. Solomon Yamoah observed that he feels proud for being so strict and sticking to his principles which are giving him a livelihood in his old age.