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12.12.2006 Football News

FA IN CRISIS MEETING

By David Tagoe-MGFB
FA IN CRISIS MEETING
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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is in a crisis meeting with Chief Executives and Representatives of Premier League Clubs at the Conference Room of the football federation this morning.

The emergency crisis meeting has been occasioned by the several legal spokes so-called supporters and sympathizers of premier league clubs are throwing into the wheels of the Onetouch Premier League as a result of perceived injustice being perpetrated against their clubs. The legal rumpus militating against the smooth running of the premier league gathered momentum when a fan of Hearts of Oak, Emmanuel Otu Quaye sought a court injunction on the league, seeking clarification on some articles and clauses enunciated in the statutes of the football federation pertaining to player registration.

Following Otu Quaye's suit against the FA have been others such as those by Appleh Sackey, which was last Friday dismissed by an Accra High Court, and that of Alexander Owiredu Frimpong, which has been once again adjourned to Friday, December 15, 2006.

There was another from a section of Liberty Professionals supporters, from which management of the club extricated themselves.

While Appleh Sackey sought five relieves from the court, Frimpong is seeking an injunction on the 7th week game between Tema Youth and Hearts of Oak, which should have been honoured on October 22, 2006, but which could not come off as a result of a boycott Hearts of Oak staged.

According to the statutes of the FA, any member who dares the FA at the ordinary court other than the adjudicating organs within the football establishment risks losing membership of the association.

But in recent times, supporters of some premier league clubs have filed suits against the FA in the name of the clubs they have inclinations towards. Since they are not club officials they go scot-free with the clubs whose interest they are seeking doing the honourable by disassociating themselves from the suits to maintain their membership of the FA.

In view of Owiredu Frimpong's suit against the FA, the football association has been blocked from confirming to CAF, which club between Hearts of Oak and Ashgold qualifies to participate in the Champions League next year.

This is because the verdict by the Appeals Committee to the effect that the two clubs play that match has a direct effect on which of the two clubs will be Ghana's second representative in the Champions League.

At Court 14 yesterday, the case Owiredu brought against the FA was postponed to Friday, December 15, the date on which the FA is expected to confirm Ghana's second representative in the Champions League.

Per a Congress decision, by November 30, 2006 when Ghana's representatives for next year's CAF inter-club competitions should reach CAF, the two top clubs of the Onetouch Premier League will represent the nation in the Champions League, while the third and fourth placed teams will take part in the Confederation Cup. But unfortunately, on the agreed date Hearts of Oak and Tema Youth still had a game to play as per the Appeals Committee ruling.

At the FA crisis meeting this morning, the football federation is expected to come down hard on clubs whose supporters have developed the repugnant penchant for resorting to the court instead of the legal bodies within the football establishment.

The FA is also expected to hold frank discussions with the club CEOs and representatives in order to salvage what is left of the image of the Onetouch Premier League.

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