Fifa Council member detained on corruption allegations

Kwesi Nyantakyi, a member of the Fifa Council at football’s global governing body, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of corruption in his native Ghana.

Nyantakyi, who is the head of the Ghana Football Association and a senior vice-president of the Confederation of African Football, was detained upon his return to Ghana following a complaint made against him by the country’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, according to the Associated Press news agency. He was granted bail but ordered to return for further questioning the following day.

Nyantakyi was filmed undercover promising access to the President and other senior government officials in exchange for money. The documentary for which the film was captured has not been aired yet.

Abu Jinapor, deputy chief of staff at Akufo-Addo’s office, said that the President had asked police to intervene after watching parts of the film.

Nyantakyi, who has been a Fifa Council member since 2016, faced previous allegations of corruption in 2014 following an undercover sting by the UK media, but he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Ghana Football Association’s ethics committee.