Ghana's Chelsea rubbish bribery rumours

Mahmoud Elassal, Monday 17 Sep 2012

Berekum Chelsea deny a Tunisian media report that Congolese giants Mazembe offered them a bribe to ease their way in the final round of the CAF Champions group stage

File photo: Egypt's Zamalek Omar Gaber (R) fights for the ball with Emmanuel Clottey of Ghana's Berekum Chelsea during their CAF Champions League soccer match at the Military Stadium in Cairo September 1, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Ghanaian side Berekum Chelsea rubbish Tunisian media reports that Congolese TP Mazembe offered them a bribe to put them in the lead in the CAF Champions Group B match.

"Our attention has been drawn to a publication by a Tunisian news portal that TP Mazembe officials offered to bribe Berekum Chelsea to influence the result of our game on Sunday," read a statement on Ghana's Berekum Chelsea official website.

"We wish to state categorically that this report is utterly false," the statement asserts.

"We have not met any TP Mazembe official or officials, let alone discussed bribes."

Although they are out of the CAF Champions league after they placed third in Group B, Berekum Chelsea defeated TP Mazembe of Congo 1-0 in the final matchday of the group stage.

"We want to assure all Ghanaians, Berekum Chelsea fans and members of the African football fraternity that we will not desecrate the sanctity of our club and African football with such dubious acts.

"We also want to warn the media to desist from spreading such false reports or we will be forced to take legal action to salvage our hard-earned reputation."

Mazembe are set to play a tricky semi-final clash against Tunisian title holders Esperance in the African Champions League semis after losing 1-0 to Berekum Chelsea on Sunday.

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