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24.04.2007 League Report

Feyenoord Appeal Against Kotoko

Relegation-threatened Fetteh Feyenoord Academy have appealed against the Disciplinary Committee's (DC) dismissal of their protest lodged against Kumasi Asante Kotoko in the Onetouch Premier League.

Feyenoord, who lie third from the bottom on the league table, have decided to appeal the DC's ruling in accordance with Article 39 of the Ghana Football Association's (GFA) Regulations.

After a 1-2 loss to Kotoko in their 26th Premier League encounter at Sunyani, Feyenoord lodged a protest against Kotoko for using an unregistered jersey, as well as playing a GFA competitive match without paying a fee imposed on their player, Ahmed Nyame, after being sent off in a game.

However, a three-man committee of the DC made up of Richard Akpokavie, L.O Laryea and Johnfia dismissed both protests.

In the case of the jersey, the committee said that the white trimmings were not significant enough, while in the case of the non-payment of fines the committee said it was not the club's responsibility to pay a fine imposed on their player.

However, Feyenoord insists there is merit in their case, especially in the case of non-payment of the fine, as Article 39 clearly indicates that clubs would be responsible to pay all fines.

“Indeed, in all GFA correspondence to the clubs with regards to fines on either clubs, officials or players, the clubs are emphatically reminded that they are responsible to settle all those fines within 14 days,” the club contend.

The DC and Appeals Committee are expected to hear and rule on all cases before them today and tomorrow before the final league matches are played this weekend.

Story by Roselind Amoh