In the exercise of the powers conferred on the Congress of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as the Supreme and Legislative organ of the Ghana Football Association by Article 23 of the Statutes of the Ghana Football Association, these First Amendments of the General Regulations of the Ghana Football Association (hereinafter called “the First Amendment”) is hereby made.
THE GFA GENERAL REGULATIONS HAS BEEN AMENDED AS FOLLOWS:
1. Article 8(1) of the General Regulations is amended by the addition of new Article 8(1)(e) and Article 8(1)(f) as follow:
1(e) Notwithstanding any provision in these Regulations on the Reserve League, the Executive Committee of the GFA shall have power to determine in which football seasons the Reserve League shall be played and the maximum age limit of the players to play in the Reserve League.
1(f) Articles 8(1)(b) and 8(1)(c) above notwithstanding, in the football season in which the Reserve League is not played, all Premier League clubs shall register not more than thirty (30) players of any ages who will participate in the Premier League.
2. Article 8(9) of the General Regulations is amended by deletion and is replaced with a new Article 8(9) as follows:
(9) This rule applies to all league competitions organised by the Ghana Football Association.
3. Articles 9(1) to Article 9(6) of the General Regulations are amended by deletion and are replaced with a new Article 9 as follows:
The FA Cup Competition shall be controlled, managed and governed by the FA Cup Regulations approved and adopted by the GFA Congress and the articles of general application of the GFA Regulations, the Statutes of the GFA, the GFA Disciplinary Code and any other Regulation of the Ghana Football Association.
4. Article 27(4) of the General Regulations is amended by the addition of new Article 27(4)(d) as follow:
4(d) A player shall not be registered anew or issued with a new licence where a Club renews or extends the term of a player whose contract has expired in the course of a league season. For the avoidance of doubt, a player so affected shall continue to use his or her player licence for the reminder of the season.
5. Article 34(1) (j) of the General Regulations is amended by deletion and is replaced with a new Article 34(1)(j) as follow:
1(j) it plays in a strip not presented to the match officials before the start of the match; or
6. Article 34(1) (L) of the General Regulations is amended by its deletion as follow:
ARTICLE 34 (1) (L): is hereby deleted
7. Article 34(7) of the General Regulations is amended by deletion and is replaced with a new Article 34(7) as follow:
7. For the avoidance of doubt, a team shall forfeit a match under this Article 34(1) in consequence of a protest duly filed within the time limited for filing of protests under these regulations.
8. Article 34(13)(a) of the General Regulations is amended by deletion and is replaced with a new Article 34(13)(a) as follow:
13(a) The burden of proof regarding protest between clubs rest on the protesting club and in the case of a charge by the Prosecutor, the burden rest with the Prosecution.
9. Article 37(19) of the General Regulations is amended by deletion and is replaced with a new Article 37(19) as follow:
19. All official correspondence including but not limited to daily and weekly information updates, fines, debts, costs, notices, invitations, decisions, communiques and any other information of the Association, its Bodies, its Organs, its Committees or the Secretariat shall be deemed to have been duly served on a Club, its officers, players, supporters, agents, representatives or whosoever described, if the service of the said correspondence is communicated to the Club or the Club Secretary or the Club owner, or the Club Representatives submitted to the GFA through its fax, e-mail address, postal address, or hand delivery of a hard copy thereof or is made or published through the GFA newspaper or newsletter or other national newspapers, the GFA website or announced through any radio station or television station or posted on the GFA notice board.
10. Article 39(8)(a) to Article 39(8)(c) of the General Regulations is amended by deletion and is replaced with a new Article 39(8)(a) to 39(8)(f) as follow:
8(a) All fines applicable to the Premier League shall apply to the FA Cup and the Elite Club Cup for the same offence but shall apply to the Reserve League at 50% for the same offences.
8(b) Without prejudice to any provision in these Regulations to the contrary, a Club, its players or officials shall pay all amounts, including but not limited to, fines, costs, debts imposed by the GFA or the judiciary bodies of the GFA not later than 14 days excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays after such amount has been communicated by the Association on the GFA website, GFA notice board, GFA newspaper, GFA newsletter, National Newspaper and/or through the GFA email to the official emails of the Club.
(8)(c) All Clubs shall furnish the GFA or the competitions organising Bodies and Committees with their official representatives or officials and their official contact details before the commencement of each season including but not limited to the Club’s official email address, telephone numbers, fax number and postal address.
(8)(d) A Club that fails to pay its fines, costs and debts on or before the stipulated due date shall automatically forfeit its subsequent matches until such time the fines and/or costs are fully paid.
(8)(e) Mode of payment of costs, fines and other debts orders from statutory bodies of the GFA shall be by cash or by Bankers’ Draft. Accordingly, Clubs shall not be allowed to tie such payment to sponsors funds or any other source.
(8)(f) The Association through the Premier League Board, the FA Cup Committee, the Division One League Board, the Regional Football Association or any match organising body shall automatically implement the sanction herein; however any Club dissatisfied with the sanction may appeal the decision within three (3) days to the Appeals Committee of the Association.
(These First Amendments became effective on December 30, 2014)
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