Soccer News of Friday, 29 January 2016
Legal battles continue to knock on the doors of the Ghana Football Association as Wa African United, Real Tamale United, Berekum Arsenal and B.A United petition the FA to give them a copy of the Ethics Committee ruling on a case against Techiman City Football Club.
At the tail part of Division One league football last season, Techiman City and Wa African United were demoted to the third tier of Ghana football — Division Two for alleged match-fixing.
Techiman City appealed the decision by the Disciplinary Committee and were granted stay of execution until the end of the season pending hearing before the FA legal body.
The FA has not released the outcome of Ethics Committee ruling on the matter –which has delayed the start of the new football calendar by about three months, but fixed a date for the commencement of the league.
And Wa African United, Berekum Arsenals and Real Tamale United has petitioned the football governing body to give them a copy of the ruling on the case or face them in court.
Head of legal team of the three clubs, Lawyer Obiribua says their request before the FA is harmless.
“We’ve not gone to court yet, but if the Ghana Football Association continue to exhibit that kind of intracecent behaviour or posture we have no option than to go to court,” Lawyer Obiri Boahen told sportscrusader.com
He added: “The issues are not anything that should bring controversy at all. It is very simple; the reconstituted Ghana Football Association Ethics Committee sat on a case lodged by Wa African United against Techiman City. The matter went to the Disciplinary Committee, then to the Appeals Committee, then it came back to the reconstituted Disciplinary Committee.
“The reconstituted Ethics Committee sat on the matter and has not released the verdict, but what we are hearing is that the Ghana FA is ready to commence the league. So what is the outcome of that committee sitting; did Wa African United lose the protest, did Techiman City win the protest?
“Let us know the Committee’s report. If you tell the whole world the Committee’s report before commencing the league what will be the effect? We have made a simple harmless request and they are throwing their weight about.” He noted.
Lawyer Obiribua also disclosed that the FA has until Monday February 1 to make the report available or face them in court.
The Ghana Premier League scheduled date will in limo should they acquire an injunction in the start of the league.