Friday, 23 February 2018
League injunction: Great Olympics goes to court today

League injunction: Great Olympics goes to court today

Daniel ODURO
Demoted Ghana Premier League side Accra Great Olympics will later today faceoff with the Ghana Football Association at the Accra High Court, where they will argue that their relegation from Ghana’s topflight football is illegitimate and thus must be overturned.

Great Olympics, one of three clubs relegated from the league, last Monday put an injunction on the new Ghana Premier League season and the GFA Congress, demanding that their protest cases before the Disciplinary Committee of the FA are resolved before a new campaign is started.
The 2018 Ghana Premier League was scheduled to kick off on February 11, but with the injunction, the start date was postponed, so was the GFA Congress.
“I was at GFA secretariat this afternoon to hand over the injunction letter and prevent them from holding anything related to the start of the new season until all cases are cleared,” chief executive of the club, Commodore Mensah told Goal.com.
''The [GFA] General Secretary took the letter on the Association’s behalf. We have two cases against Bechem United and Elmina Sharks and that can determine our fate in the Premier League. As I’m talking to you right now, we’ve not been relegated and so there can’t be plans for the new season without us.
''They can’t hold the launch of the new season or announce the clubs to participate without addressing our case. Also, the association can’t hold its congress and discuss the Premier League or clubs that have been promoted or relegated until the case is attended and all parties satisfied,” he added.
Olympics are crying foul after their protests against unqualified players fielded by Bechem United and Elmina Sharks were thrown out despite having proof.
The Disciplinary Committee of the FA annulled both cases, which, according to the constitution, merit a deduction of six points.
Also, Olympics will not be relegated if points are deducted. Bechem, instead, will be demoted to the second tier.
The delay in the start of the league has become a bother to the GFA, who recently released a three-year plan for football after a stakeholders’ meeting in Cape Coast.
It waits to be seen how long this legal tussle will last and the long-term repercussion it will have on Ghana football.

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