Former lawyer for the Ghana Football Association Naa Odofoley Nortey has gone public to seriously criticise the Ghanaian football regulatory body over their decision to ban second-tier side Phar Rangers for 5 years.
The Ghana Football Association on Wednesday announced its verdict on the fate of Division One League side Phar Rangers, its shareholders and board of directors.
Asante Kotoko CEO Nana Yaw Amponsah is a shareholder and director of Phar Rangers FC and he is affected by the ban slapped on the club and its shareholders and directors.
The Disciplinary Committee of the GFA says it has placed a 5-year ban on the Zone III club for writing a note of withdrawal from the Ghanaian leagues and rescinding the decision within three days. The statement said the club misconducted themselves and have been slapped the club, its shareholders and directors with a 5-year ban.
However Naa Odofoley Nortey, lawyer for the GFA during the period of the FIFA Normalisation Committee, has criticised the association for its decision to ban the club and its shareholders and directors.
“Tell me its a bad joke. It can’t be right. Basic principles. You can’t punish a party not named on a charge sheet. Secondly, article 13 (1) states that withdrawal from a competition is a misconduct. Further in that article the punishment is clearly prescribed. Loss of points and a fine for thousand Ghana. A careful reading of the GFA statutes particularly articles 17, 18, 19 and 24 makes it clear that its only congress that expel, suspend or remove a member. Yes I have read the GFA disciplinary code especially article (6) 2. It doesn’t apply here. In any case how do you punish someone you have not charged? I vex,” she wrote.
The ban on shareholders and board of directors would prevent Asante Kotoko CEO Nana Yaw Amponsah from getting involved in any football related activities, meaning he would not be able to hold himself in any capacity in football again including his role as the highest ranking executive official of Kotoko.
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