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Hearts declared winners of protest against Kotoko

The GFA Disciplinary Committee has upheld
Accra Hearts of Oak’s protest against Asante
Kotoko in respect of the eligibility of Obed
Owusu in their Match day 25 Premier League
game played on August 2, 2015.
PANEL

Godfred Yeboah Dame- Vice Chairman
Godsway Glah – Member
W.O. 1 J.W. Amoo – Member
Emmanuel Dasoberi –Secretary
In its decision released on Tuesday September
1, 2015 the GFA Disciplinary Committee
stated that:

“Having found that Obed Owusu was
unqualified to play against Hearts of Oak, the
next question is to decide the consequences
that follow from the act of Kotoko in fielding
that unqualified player. The consequences of
fielding an unqualified player are spelt out in
Article 34 (1) (e) of the GFA General
Regulations as leading to a forfeiture of the
match played by the team which fielded the
unqualified player, pursuant to a protest.

Article 34(2) mandatorily requires that no
matter the scores at the end of the match in
question, the team which fielded an
unqualified player shall be considered as
having lost the match and three points and
three goals shall be awarded in favour of the
innocent team, unless the innocent team is
leading by more than three goals at the time
of the offence in which case the scores will
stand. Three points and three goals are
further required by Article 34(5)(a) to be
deducted from the total accumulated points
of the defaulting club. A fine of GH¢5,000 is
also to be imposed if default was in respect of
the Premier League.

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The Committee has no option but to apply the
various punishments specified by the GFA
Regulations. Accordingly, Hearts of Oak is
awarded three points and three goals in
respect of its 25th Week Premier League
Match played against Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
Three points and Three goals are also
deducted from the total accumulated points
of Kotoko in the Premier League. A fine of GH
¢5,000 is to be paid by Kumasi Asante
Kotoko, half of which is to go to Hearts of
Oak.

The Committee hereby entreats all league
clubs to pay particular attention to the laws of
the game especially in an area as important as
the consequences following from a caution
handed a player and how same is to be
purged. We would also urge clubs
participating in the Premier League to exhibit
candour and sincerity in their interpretation
of the Regulations of the GFA. The Committee
is baffled by the conscious effort by Kotoko to
ensure that Obed Owusu supposedly served
his suspension in a match which, on a cursory
reading of the relevant provisions, did not
constitute an official match.”

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Credit: Ghanafa.org

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