Soccer News of Friday, 11 December 2015
Accra Hearts of Oak have expressed dissatisfaction with the delay in announcing the decision of their review case against Kumasi Asante Kotoko, urging the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to expedite action on the case in order to facilitate a prompt start of the Premier League season.
The Phobians initially saw their protest against Kotoko over of the eligibility of Kotoko’s Obed Owusu in their 25th week fixture upheld by the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee, which also awarded them three points.
However, the Porcupine Warriors were successful in their appeal against that ruling and saw all their docked points restored, which led the Phobians to head back to the Appeals Committee on October 23 for a review of the decision which they described as a “miscarriage of justice and wrongful interpretation of GFA, CAF, and FIFA regulations”.
In a letter to the acting General Secretary of the GFA dated November 19, 2015, the Managing Director of Hearts, Gerald Ankrah, said his club was disappointed that the ruling of the case was not announced before the GFA congress which took place on November 9.
“After a successful application for the review, we expected to have the ruling before the Ghana Football Association’s Congress on November 9, 2015. However, up to date, we have not received such ruling,” the letter, sighted by the Graphic Sports, read.
It continued: “We are therefore advising that, in the interest of Ghana football, the application should be considered in time to ensure that the legal system and processes work and the matter also comes to rest, especially as the new season is about to begin.
“Please, note that a new season cannot begin if the previous one has not ended, hence the need to expedite the review process,” Hearts warned.