Ashantigold vrs GFA: The 2022/23 betPawa Ghana Premier League has been put on hold by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) following a court order secured by Ashantigold SC.
The Miners were demoted to the Second Division league by the GFA Disciplinary Committee (GFA DC) after they were found guilty of match manipulation during the 2020/21 season ; in a match they won by 7-0 against Inter Allies in Obuasi on the last Matchday of the season.
After failing to get the needed redress at the GFA Appeal Committee , Ashantigold SC straight away launched a legal action against the football governing body of the country in a bid to prove their innocence.
The Obuasi-based side , whose President Dr. Kwaku Frimpong was also banned by the GFA DC for 120 months , has hit back with a court injunction against the most flagship competition of the association.
The 2022/23 betPawa Ghana Premier League – which is three-Matchdays old – cannot continue , at least until 14th October.
The full statement released by the GFA is reproduced by Ghana Sports Market below :
“The Ghana Football Association has decided to put the betPawa Ghana Premier League on hold.
This follows a motion on notice for Injunction filed yesterday (28th September 2022)at the Human Rights High Court by Ashantigold SC and served on the GFA’s lawyers on yesterday afternoon.
Following receipt of the motion , the association has decided to put the league on hold until the determination of a motion on notice for injunction by the court on October 14 , 2022.
The GFA has subsequently communicated this decision to all sponsors , partners and clubs.
The association wishes to urge all stakeholders – sponsors and partners and clubs who have invested in the league , players whose livelihood depends on the league , match officials , administrators , officials and supporters of the league and the clubs to remain calm.
The association will endeavour to seek redress for the prompt return of the Premier League and ensure that the calendar is not further disrupted in this World Cup year.
The Premier League was scheduled to enter Matchday 4 this weekend.”
More to follow……
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