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Hearts PRO wants GHALCA sanctions on Kotoko reversed

Published on: 16 July 2011

By Ameenu Shardow

Hearts of Oak Public Relations Officer Albert Commey says sanctions meted to rivals Asante Kotoko by Ghana League Clubs Association are suicidal to the association.

The Kumasi-based club have been slapped with a one-year ban and a 10,000 Ghana cedi fine for snubbing the medal and trophy presentation ceremony of the President's Cup on 1 July.

However, Commey who is noted for attacking Kotoko especially in build-ups to games between the two clubs expressed his displeasure towards the decision at a general GHALCA meeting on Friday and wants it immediately reversed in the interest of the body.

"Yes, Kotoko did wrong and their officials are the first to admit that but banning them for a whole year is a recipe for disaster for GHALCA," Commey told Asempa FM.

"You can never downplay the clouts of a club like Kotoko. GHALCA needs resources and Kotoko plays a major role in that respect so banning them for a year is very suicidal to the body."

Commey however dismissed claims his support is just in sympathy to a big club and perhaps would be counting on a reciprocal gesture in future if Hearts find itself in similar situation.

"First of all Hearts of Oak will never find itself in such a situation, we understand the rules of the game and as such will comply with them.

"I believe the punishment on Kotoko is an over-kill which could come back to hurt our body and its purely on that basis I am not in favour of the decision," he added.

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