29.04.2005 Football News

Hearts denies involvement in Joe Tagoe's resignation

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Accra, April 29, GNA - Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club has denied having a hand in the decision of Joe Tagoe to resign from relegated Accra Great Olympics.

"We have no hand in the players resignation and would refuse to be drawn into a purely internal matter between the player and his club over contractual obligations".

A statement signed by Mr Ashford Tettey-Oku, Administrative Manager of Hearts copied to the GNA Sports said the player is not a minor and should be responsible for his actions.

"If the assertion said to have been made by Olloboi Commodore is indeed true, it is unfortunate since it is baseless and absolutely untrue". The statement added.

Tagoe, early this week announced his decision to resign from the Club and seek floating status from the Status Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

Mr Commodore, an official of Olympics in a reaction, however, said that they were not perturbed by the player's action and alleged that Tagoe was being coerced by Hearts to take such an action. The statement said that Hearts appreciate the importance of Olympics to the Club, the city of Accra and indeed Ghana football since they started the maiden national league together in 1958.

Mr Tettey-Oku said that "We have therefore demonstrated enough goodwill to have a very strong and competitive city-rival at all times and would not do anything to weaken Olympic's resolve to survive". He said Hearts equally understands the present plight and frustrations of Olympics but have shown enough respect all these times when negotiations for the player was on-going and would therefore not cut corners to get the player.

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