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GFA, Oly must resolve issue out of court – Advises Hearts CEO

Author: Peter Sarbah
GFA, Oly must resolve issue out of court – Advises Hearts CEO

Newly-appointed Accra Hearts of Oak CEO, Mark Noonan, wants the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Accra Great Olympics to bury their egos and put the game ahead of any parochial interest.

Mr Noonan says he is disappointed that the legal tussle between the two parties has halted the start of the Ghana Premier League which was originally scheduled to start on February 9.

Instead, he wants cool heads to prevail for the two parties to “look within for a solution” and get the league started immediately.

Speaking at his official introduction to the media last Wednesday, the American described as alien to him, the practice where football cases were referred to legal bodies outside the football institution instead of the prescribed internal mechanisms.

He said the FA must be resolute and fair in the application of its rules as a means to prevent football cases to be decided in courts.

“Why it takes court of law outside the soccer family to solve that is one of the things I’ve got to figure out about Ghana soccer,” stated Mr Noonan.


For the Hearts CEO, some simple questions needed to be answered in order to find an amicable solution to the impasse.

“It’s a situation I have never seen happen, the fact that to me it is pretty simple issue, was the player legal or not?” he enquired.

“I’m not pointing fingers but it would seem that we should be able to solve that problem from the outside in.

“It looks like egos and politics are more important than football and supporters and that should never be the case,” Noonan noted.

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