Ghana facing FIFA ban for undue gov’t influence in GFA affairs

Ghana risks becoming the latest country to suffer a Fifa suspension over what has been termed government’s “undue influence” in the affairs of its football association. The Ghana Football...

Ghana risks becoming the latest country to suffer a Fifa suspension over what has been termed government’s “undue influence” in the affairs of its football association.

The Ghana Football Association is under the threat of a winding up following a government petition at the Commercial Division of the country’s High Court.

This has been the case in the aftermath of the famous Anas Aremeyaw Anas documentary which exposed some referees and top officials’ alleged corrupt acts.

Fifa has been briefed about the processes and has been monitoring the situation about Ghana since June 8 but the world football governing body in a letter addressed to the Liaison Team it formed raising misgivings particularly about the move to liquidate the GFA.

Fifa has given Ghana until Monday, 27 August to discontinue the court process or face suspension with immediate effect.

Portions of the Fifa letter signed by General Secretary Fatma Samoura said: “To date, the scope of the investigations into the allegations of widespread match-fixing and corruption within the GFA remains unclear.

“…the [Fifa] Bureau considers that the petition introduced by the Attorney General to the High Court of Justice to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes an undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes.

“Under these circumstances, the Bureau based on art. 16 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes decided on 11 August 2018 that if the petition to Start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12hOO (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof.”

Below is a copy of Fifa’s letter in full:

 

 

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