FIFA mounts pressure on Ghana Government over soccer crisis

The government of Ghana has come under severe pressure from the football’s world governing body, FIFA over its handling of the crisis that has engulfed Ghana soccer.

FIFA has given the government of Ghana an ultimatum to withdraw a High Court application to initiate a process to liquidate the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

According to FIFA, Ghana risks being banned from all football-related activities if the nation fails to meet the August 27 ultimatum.

A letter dated July 13 and signed by FIFA's General Secretary, Fatma Samoura warned that FIFA sees the Ghana government’s legal process to liquidate the association as “undue influence in the affairs of the GFA" and violates FIFA Statutes.

In a letter addressed to Dr Kofi Amoah, head of the Liaison team for the GFA, the FIFA General Secretary wanted more clarity into the government's steps to restore integrity into the administration of soccer in Ghana.

"To date, the scope of investigations into the allegations of widespread match-fixing and corruption within the GFA remains unclear. However, the Bureau of the FIFA Council considers the petition introduced by the attorney General to the high Court of justice to start 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," the statement said.

The FIFA letter warned that any such ban on Ghana football would only be lifted if the government withdraws the petition and furnished FIFA with written proof of such a withdrawal.

"In accordance with art 16 par. 3 of the FIFA statutes, if the GFA were to be suspended, it may not exercise any of its membership rights. Furthermore, other member associations could not entertain sporting contacts with the GFA," the FIFA statement noted.

It would be recalled that Ghana soccer was recently plunged into chaos when Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo dissolved the GFA after many officials of the federation were caught taking bribes from undercover reporters.

This led to Ghana’s High Court placing an interim injunction on the activities of the GFA following an application by the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo on June 12, 2018.
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