Nyantakyi quits after FIFA suspension

The head of Ghana’s football federation, Kwesi Nyantakyi, said on Friday he had resigned after he was suspended by global football body FIFA for possible ethics violations having been accused of taking kickbacks.

Nyantakyi, a member of FIFA’s decision-making Council, also apologised to Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo and the government for what he called his “indiscretion”.

“After a meeting of the Executive Committee this afternoon I decided to resign as President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA),” he said in a statement.

Nyantakyi, who has been GFA president since 2005 and was elected to the FIFA Council in September 2016, was filmed by an investigative journalist in a hotel room appearing to take a $65,000 (£48,544) bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian football league.

FIFA said on Friday it was suspending Nyantakyi for 90 days. The Ghanaian government has begun a process to dissolve the national football body, Information Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said on Thursday.

On Friday, Ghana’s police locked down the GFA offices, declaring the building a crime scene.

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