Disciplinary Committee of the GFA - Salifu Zida
Disciplinary Committee of the GFA - Salifu Zida

Timing for release of match-fixing verdict bad --Football administrators

Some football administrators have slammed the Ghana Football Association (GFA) over the wrong timing of the release of the verdict of the match-fixing scandal involving Ashantigold and Inter Allies.

Last week, the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA demoted the two clubs to Division Two, while some players who were also found guilty were also handed various bans.

Speaking to the Graphic Sports in an interview, one of the administrators who pleaded anonymity, was disappointed at the time the GFA released the verdict as he believed it could ruin the ongoing league.

“This verdict, whether good or bad, has come at a very bad time because now we have just about five matches to play.

“You ban Ashgold, now Ashgold is no longer a Premier League club; they have been demoted so what happens to the five remaining matches because they cannot parade themselves as a Premier League club”, he noted.

He said based on this decision, Ashgold could decide not to play the rest of the matches, because whether they play or not, they will still be relegated.

In a hypothetical situation, he also questioned what was likely to happen to the other clubs who had already played Ashgold, should they decide to pull out of the league.

“If Ashgold decide not to play again, what happens to those that have already earned points from them?,” he asked.

He described the unfortunate situation as a potential danger and stated that the announcement should have come at the end of the season instead of hastily announcing the ban which could further cause problems for the integrity of the league.

A football administrator, Kofi Manu, had earlier expressed similar sentiments when he argued that the GFA’s haste in announcing the verdict had destroyed the league because the timing for the announcement was inappropriate.

"The timing of the GFA's DC verdict on the Ashantigold SC vs Inter Allies FC match-fixing scandal is bad, they have destroyed the league." he told Oyerepa FM.

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