Court dismisses Oly; GPL ready to commence

An Accra High Court has dismissed a request by Accra Great Olympics to place an interlocutory injunction on the commencement of the Ghana Premier League, paving the way for the competition to start.

This is the second time the court has rebuffed the Accra-based side’s request for the league to be delayed over their ambitious request to play in the Ghana Premier League, despite their relegation from the top-flight.

The decision by Presiding Judge, Justice Anthony Yeboah, to dismiss the injunction request from Accra Great Olympics paves the way for the start of the Premier League this weekend.

The Accra-based club applied for a second injunction pending an appeal to prevent the Ghana Premier League from starting without Olympics.

However, the judge who ruled that their claim has no basis to prevent the start of the league snubbed their request.
The Wonder Club wanted a court injunction on the commencement of the 2017/18 campaign claiming the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association failed to give them a fair hearing in their protest filed against Bechem United after fielding an unqualified player.

The Disciplinary Committee rejected the claim by Olympics on two counts saying the quest for boardroom points cannot be granted as the protest was out of time.

The GFA rules state that a protest must be made within three days of the match being played but Olympics made their request SEVEN MONTHS after the game.

Their petition was also thrown out because there is nothing like a petition in the federation’s laws in the quest for points. A disguised request by Olympics, masquerading as a supporter of the club, to have the matter heard by FIFA was also snubbed by the world governing body.

FIFA said Olympics must submit itself to the ruling of the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA and also slammed the request to have FIFA Disciplinary Codes implemented in the matter.

According to the Article 21 Clause 1 sub Clause 4 of the GFA statues, which stipulates that clubs that fail to exhaust all internal modes of conflict resolution and seek redress at the court of law shall be expelled from the league.

Justice Anthony Yeboah, a Justice of the High Court, who rejected the first application by Olympics for an injunction on the league, initially ruled the long drawn legal battle in courtroom.

The start of the 2017/2018 Ghana Premier League season was postponed for the second time following the second application of injunction by Accra Great Olympics.

 

Today Sports
…with Gottlieb Baako

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