Sports News of Mon, 27 Aug 20180
GFA dissolution: Government withdraws case
The government has taken the practical step of discontinuing with the liquidation of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) by filing a motion to withdraw the liquidation petition from the Accra High Court.
The move by the government is in fulfilment of an agreement that it signed with the Federation of International Football (FIFA) on August 16, 2018.
Per the agreement signed at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, the government and the football governing body decided to establish a normalisation committee that would replace the GFA’s Executive Committee.
In view of the agreement, the motion signed by a deputy Attorney-General (A-G), Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, averred that there would be no need for the liquidation.
“A continuation of the petition is unnecessary and the Attorney –General hereby seeks leave to discontinue the petition filed on June 11, 2018 with liberty,’’ it said.
The A-G is expected to move the motion for discontinuing the liquidation process on Tuesday (August 28, 2018) at the Commercial Division of the Accra High Court.
The government’s legal battle to liquidate the GFA, however, did not go down well with FIFA, which served notice to expel Ghana from international football by August 27, 2018 should the government continue with processes to liquidate the GFA.
The world football governing body had viewed the Government of Ghana’s action as undue interference in the administration of Ghana football and in contravention of FIFA statutes.
Ghana, however, avoided the ban after a government delegation met with FIFA at its headquarters to find common grounds of reforming the administration of football in the country.
The government and FIFA, among, other things, decided to jointly form a normalisation committee that would assume the powers of the GFA executive committee.
The two sides also agreed to work together to “create proper disciplinary, governance and auditing mechanisms as well as ensure that persons who are found culpable are punished in accordance with Ghanaian domestic laws and FIFA statutes”.
As a result of those measures, the government decided not to pursue the liquidation process at the Accra High Court.