The Status Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has ordered Accra Hearts of Oak to pay an amount of GH¢86,500 as penalty for the unlawful dismissal of their former coach, David Duncan.
The coach had petitioned the GFA, claiming unlawful dismissal by his former club and demanded that the Employment Act be evoked to grant him some compensation.
The Phobians were found by the committee to have breached the terms of the contract they signed with the coach and accordingly ordered them to pay the coach GH¢86,500, representing a year’s salary.
In the sitting prior to yesterday’s ruling, Hearts presented a GH¢21,000 cheque [representing three months salary] to Duncan as the stipulated compensation for sacking him without prior notice.
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Duncan had already received the stipulated three-month salary compensation fee in his two- year contract he signed with Hearts of Oak on November 11, 2012.
Hearts have also been surcharged an amount of GH¢5,000 for the failure of their lawyers to attend one of the sittings of the committee which led to its adjournment.
Duncan, who guided the Phobians to the second spot of the league ladder, was fired last November by the club’s board of directors without explanation.