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Asamoah Gyan, Former Sunderland Striker, Denies Murdering Rapper In 'Spiritual Sacrifice'

25/09/2014 08:12 BST | Updated 25/09/2014 08:59 BST
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FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 21: Asamoah Gyan of Ghana celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Ghana at Castelao on June 21, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Asamoah Gyan, the former Sunderland striker, has denied murdering Ghanian rapper Castro in an alleged spiritual sacrifice.

The Al-Ain forward, 28, was linked with the death in the Ghanian press after Castro and his girlfriend Janet Badu went missing in July while on holiday with Gyan’s family.

It was at the Ada resort that Castro, real name Theophilus Tagoe, and Ms Badu rode on jet skis and were initially presumed drowned.

With the bodies still not found, Gyan addressed the allegations on Wednesday afternoon at a press conference.

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Gyan was linked with a move to West Ham last year

A statement on Gyan's website attacked the media for "wild allegations and rumours", which were described as "absurd" and "ludicrous".

"We have been silent while these wild allegations and rumours have been peddled in the media. We have been silent not because we are concealing anything or that we do not feel the need to fully state what, from our reckoning, had happened in Ada. We have been silent because we did not want to interfere with police investigations."

"In our painful silence, we have been totally dismayed by the fact that the platform was provided for the peddling of these wild and ludicrous allegations and rumours against us. Those to whom the platform was provided offered no evidence whatsoever to back their statements. And indeed, the allegation of spiritual sacrifice can by no stretch of the imagination be propped up.

"We take the opportunity and state without the slightest doubt in our minds that we are not blamable for the disappearance of Castro and Janet Bandu. We had no hand in that occurrence. We have no moral or legal culpability whatsoever. None of us rode out into the open estuary with Castro and Janet Bandu. Castro rode out there on his own volition and none of us have the slightest idea as to what happened to them.

"We have only been guess working and conjecturing and making what appears to us to be intelligent deductions – in light of the facts available to us, especially the fact that when they rode out on the jet ski Janet Bandu was not wearing a life jacket … We are in unimaginable pain and shock and we will give anything to have Castro and Janet back."

Gyan scored 11 goals for Sunderland during the 2010-11 season after impressing at the 2010 World Cup before he moved to Dubai. He also struck twice for Ghana during their acrimonious finals in Brazil.