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Breaking News: Olympics win protest against Medeama, gain three boardroom points

Published on: 16 March 2020
Breaking News: Olympics win protest against Medeama, gain three boardroom points
Accra Great Olympics

Accra Great Olympics got a massive boost in their fight against relegation from the Premier League on Monday when the Ghana FA (GFA) awarded them three boardroom points and three goals by upholding their protest against league leaders Medeama.

The Disciplinary Committee of the GFA deducted a whopping six points from the haul of Medeama leaving them with just 24 points after amassing 30 points.

The Tarkwa-based side will drop from the top of the league from the 7th position following the ruling that sent shockwaves across Ghana.

This ruled on Monday that the Tarkwa-based side fielded an unqualified player when the two sides met.

Medeama fielded the player Nana Kofi Babil who according to the Disciplinary Committee had received three bookings and should have served a one match ban but played in the match his side won 1-0.

This resulted in the decision to deduct them the points along with a $1,000 fine.

The ruling means Medeama will drop from the top position of the league to 7th as their 30 accumulated points will reduce to 24.

Aduana will lead the league table with 28 points.

Olympics will move up to the 10th position on the league table as they points gained will increase from 17 to 20.

"That the protest of Accra Great Olympics FC is successful since player, Nana Kofi Babil was unqualified to play in the Matchday 12 Premier League match between Medeama SC and Accra Great Olympics FC in accordance of 28(1)(e), 28(2) and 33(1)(e) of the Premier League Regulations," the GFA Disciplinary Committee said in its ruling on Monday.

"That for fielding an unqualified player in the said match, Medeama SC shall be considered as having lost the match and accordingly, three(3) points and three(3) goals is hereby awarded in favour of Accra Great Olympics FC pursuant to Article 33(1)(e) and 33(2) of the Premier League Regulations.

"That Medeama SC shall further lose three (3) points from its accumulated points from previous matches in accordance with Article 33(5)(a) of the Premier League Regulations.

"That Medeama SC is hereby fined an amount of Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc5,000.00), 50% of which shall be paid to Accra Great Olympics in accordance with Article 33(5)(b) of the Premier League Regulations.

"That in accordance with Article 33(5)(c) of the Premier League Regulations, Medeama SC is hereby fined an amount of One Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc1,000.00) as transportation expense of Accra Great Olympics FC.

"That should any party be dissatisfied with or aggrieved by this Decision, the party has within one (1) day of being notified of this Ruling to appeal to the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association {See Article 35(10) of the Premier."

This means Inter Allies will drop to 11th on the league table.

The ruling also banishes the claims in certain quarters that the much-hated boardroom protests over matches was because of the previous GFA leadership.

It is clear that the concept of protests is part and parcel of the game and has come to stay inspite of the changes in the leadership of Ghana football.

 

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