Ghanaian side Berekum Chelsea have rubbished reports in the Tunisian media they were offered bribe to throw their final Group B Champions League match.
A publication on Gnet stated that it had reports of the bribe being offered by the Ravens to fix the result in their favour.
Victory for Mazembe would have kept them at the summit of the table and handed them a relatively easier semi-final clash against Sunshine FC of Nigeria.
But Chelsea won the tie 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium and denied the DR Congo side top spot.
“We wish to state categorically that this report is utterly false,” Berekum Chelsea Chief Executive Nana Kwame Nketiah said in a statement on the club’s website (www.berekumchelsea.com).
“We have not met any TP Mazembe official or officials let alone discuss bribes.
“We want to assure all Ghanaians, Berekum Chelsea fans and members 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.”
Chelsea finished their debut campaign with nine points and suffered only one defeat in six matches.
TP Mazembe will now face defending champions Espernace and six-time champions Al Ahly play Sunshine FC in the last four.