Ghana asks FIFA for 'further engagements' following threats of ban

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Ministry of Youth and Sports is asking for further engagements with football's governing body, FIFA, to agree the way forward following FIFA's threat to ban Ghana for interference in football by the government.

In a letter written by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Issac Asiamah to FIFA, Ghana is asking for further engagements to "explore a mutually acceptable route to achieving our common goal".
FIFA has threatened to ban Ghana from all international football related activities if a court case initiated by the government to liquidate the assets of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is not withdrawn by 27 August.

The Bureau of the FIFA Council on Tuesday said that formal investigation proceedings were currently being carried out by the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee against Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, former president of GFA, who has been provisionally suspended by a decision taken by the chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

However, it said, the Bureau considers that the petition introduced by the Attorney General to the High Court to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes.

"Under these circumstances, the Bureau decided that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12:00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof," it added.

The Sports Minister in his letter said that the government of Ghana is not interested in interfering in the running of football, but stressed that it is responsible to ensure that corrupt practices are not condoned.

“The GFA is registered as a company limited by guarantee under the laws of Ghana. The laws of Ghana prohibit the existence of a company which operates for illegal purposes,” Mr Asiamah said.

The developments in Ghana football follow a film by controversial Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas that showed football administrators and match officials allegedly accepting cash gifts.

Nyantakyi resigned from his posts as GFA president and from other positions he held with FIFA and the Confederation of African Football. He denies any wrongdoing.

FIFA has also said threatened to suspend Nigeria from football related activities. It said: "In line with art. 16 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes, the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that if by Monday, 20 August 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was duly elected on 30 September 2014, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19, as well as art. 14 par. 1 a) of the FIFA Statutes."

It said the suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that it has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.
-0- PANA MA 15Aug2018

15 أغسطس 2018 11:44:58

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