- Richard Kingson has opened about how his wife nearly divorced him
- According to him, he was offered $300,000 to help facilitate a win for Czech Republic against Ghana during the 2006 World Cup
- He said he told his wife and the latter threatened to divorce him should he betray Ghana for money
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Ex-Black Stars goalkeeper, Richard Kingson, has disclosed how his marriage nearly hit a snag during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The former Great Olympics shot-stopper said his wife threatened to divorce him if he accepted a bribe to influence a match against Ghana during the World Cup in the European country.
According to Kingson, a Ghanaian businessman introduced him to some foreign nationals who offered him a $300,000 bribe.
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He said the businessmen offered him the bribe in order to facilitate Czech Republic’s win over Ghana at the 2006 World Cup after Ghana lost 2-0 in their first game against Italy..
With the huge offer, Kingson said he sought the counsel of his wife to make a final move.
He said his wife threatened to divorce him should he attempt betraying his country and accepting the bribe offer.
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Kingson told Max TV:
We had lost our first match to Italy and needed to win our second game against the Czech Republic. Before the game a Ghanaian businessman called me; we met and he led me to some people who offered me $300,000 just to concede two goals.
Kingson said he was totally confused and called his wife for an advice
He said his wife told him point blanket not to accept the bribe but rather put Ghana first or else she will divorce him should he accept the bribe.
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In the said game, Ghana surprised the world by beating Czech Republic 2-0 thanks to goals from Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari.
Meanwhile, former Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah, has spoken for the first time about racism in football.
Appiah believes the aim of the discriminatory act is to distract black players that pose a threat to their opposing teams.
Currently, racism against black players, mainly in Europe, has seen a major rise in scrutiny following the global protests against racial injustices which were sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in the United States.
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Source: Yen Newspaper