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FIFA Gives Ghana Ultimatum

 

The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has given the Ghana Football Associations(GFA) up-to 27th August 2018 to put their house in order or else face a ban.

In a letter written to the Ghana FA liason officer, Dr. Koffi Amoah by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura gave an account of the events that have been happening in the recent past but also indicated that Ghana should work within the statutes of FIFA.

The letter stretched the decision made by the FIFA bureau of the council on 11th August in regard to the situation of the Ghana Football Association.

“W are writing to inform you that the situation of the Ghana Football Association(GFA) has been brought to the attention of the bureau of the Council,” the statement starts.

The statement further states that

“The Bureau was informed about the following developments. On 7th June 2018, a BBC documentary entitled ‘Number 12-When Greed and Corruption became a Norm’ was aired alleging match fixing and fraudulent activity involving referees and officials of the Ghana Football Association including GFA President, CAF Vice President and FIFA council member Kwesi Nyantakyi. On 8th June 2018, Mr. Nyantakyi was provisionally banned from taking part in any football related activity both at national and international level.”

The ban issued by the chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of Ethics Committee was meant to last for a duration of 90 days.

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In the statement, FIFA was informed that on 12th June 2018, the High Court in Ghana placed an interim injuction on the activities of the Ghana FA.

The gist of the matter in context is the fact that the after FIFA officials meeting with Ghana government officials to forge a way as investigations go on, the contrary has been done.

On 12th July 2018, the High Court appointed a registrar of companies to exercise the powers of a liquidator which FIFA finds wrong.

“To date the scope of investigations into the allegations of the widespread match fixing and corruption within the Ghana FA remains unclear. However the Bureau considers that the petition introduced by the Attorney General to the High Court of Justice to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes an undue influence into the affairs of the GFA in contravention of Art. 14 par 1(i) and Art. 19 part 1 of the FIFA statuses.”

Decision by the Bureau

Under the circumstances, the Bureau based on Art. 16 par. 1 of the FIFA statutes decided on 11th August 2018 that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday 27th August at 12h00 (CET), the GHANA FA will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspension will be lifted only when the above mentioned petition us withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof.

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