FIFA Supports GFA Ban
The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has stated that, the Government of Ghana, has the right to enforce its national laws against criminal conduct and illegality in the country.
A jointly signed press release by Veron Mosengo-Omba, head of FIFA’s delegation to Ghana and Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Minister for Information, states that, FIFA and Government have zero tolerance for corruption, criminality and all other forms of illegality.
According the statement, both parties would continue to dialogue and deliberate on measures to restore football activities in Ghana in no time, as they would meet in Zurich, Switzerland to finalize arrangements.
“FIFA in consultation with the Government would put in place interim measures to allow for the continuation of football in Ghana.
“The Ghana Government delegation would continue discussions with FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland for the purpose of finalizing interim arrangements regarding football in Ghana,” It stated.
The Ghana delegation, including Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah, Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Minister of Information, Mr Abu Jinapor, Deputy Chief of Staff and Godfred Yeboah Dame, Deputy Attorney General met with FIFA delegation to deliberate and find possible solutions to the scandal that has rocked Ghana football.
The High Court recently placed an interim injunction on the activities of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The order bars the GFA and its officials from carrying out all official duties at least for ten days.
The injunction came after the government filed a petition at the High Court for the dissolution of the GFA in the aftermath of public outrage at an exposé by the ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which revealed corrupt massive act among high ranking officials of the FA and referees.
The revelations have led to FIFA imposing a 90-day ban on the president of Ghana Football Kwesi Nyantakyi on all football activities with the possibility of another 45-days ban if investigations are concluded.
Mr. Nyantakyi has since resigned as President of the FA as well as other positions in WAFU and CAF.