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.

Comments

  • evans
    says: 8 years ago
    IS HEARTS AFRAID OF A SIMILAR SANCTIONS IN FUTURE, JUSTICE FOR ALL. NO FEAR,NO FAVOR. THUMBS UP GALCA
  • Eric
    says: 8 years ago
    Hearts, has never been afraid of anything in ghana football and has won many cases in football in ghana then any club,so what Albert is saying is the sole truth and GHALCA must adhear to it for the betterment of ghana football.
  • Eric
    says: 8 years ago
    when did u started following ghana football? May be yesterday, who knows.
  • Kofi Atta-Kurufi Reading-uk
    says: 8 years ago
    well said commey.
  • kassbak
    says: 8 years ago
    I don't think we are afraid of a similar sanction in future. we know the rules of the game better than any other club in ghana
  • coll
    says: 8 years ago
    all because without kotoko the ghalca cannot survive financially.they could only fined them but not banning them also.
  • kwame-Blazefame
    says: 8 years ago
    “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.”..............good to see a club like Hearts of Oak defending their rivals but Kotoko aint bigger than GFA or GHALCA and they deserve their punishment, this comments means smaller clubs should be doomed and punish but like a big club as they so call it dat doesnt make sense. no one is above the law. peace.
  • NanaKash
    says: 8 years ago
    Thanks Guys... no one is saying don't punish us Kotoko, but the questions is under what laws are you doing so.The game was sanctioned by GFA therefore refere them to GFA, the GFA has rules and it will be applied. but as a welfear body you have no right. they can pull out and not pay you that money. Ask SWAG, what has happend to them as kotoko pulled out of that match.Even PLB does not have the right to ban and fine any club, it is the responsiblity of only GFA,CAF,and Fifa.
  • LIKE Ignatius
    says: 8 years ago
    I don't know why we (Ghanaians) always try so hard to defend the defenseless. The rules of the game boldly stated how a goalkeeper and a player should behave of the field of play so I am at sea as to how a great club like Kotoko should behaved is such a shameful manner. 'A' remains 'A' and should be.
  • THEY ARE NAIVE
    says: 8 years ago
    Kotoko must keep quiet and serve punishment. Who do they think they are? Can they divide themselves and play? A club which touts itself as the club of the century did such a thing. I wonder. The best punishment shd be that their coach who led the boycott shd be extradited and have his work permit removed. Kotoko is a big disgrace to Ghana football.
  • Kuuku
    says: 8 years ago
    Read Commey's statement very well. He did not say Kotoko should not be punished. He said the punishment was too much (an overkill). Kotoko apologized. Their punishment was forfeiting the silver medal, losing their participation money, 10,000 Ghana cedis and 1 year ban. This is an overkill. The 10,000 Ghana cedis and 1 year ban should be scrapped.
  • Kuuku
    says: 8 years ago
    Well said my brother
  • Kuuku
    says: 8 years ago
    Read Commey's statement very well. He did not say punish the smaller clubs and leave the big clubs to do what they want. He is talking about the punishment fitting the crime committed.
  • NanaKash
    says: 8 years ago
    Thank you my Brother... its a pity that those who think they know the rules do not know who applies the rules and under which condition the rules are applied. All of Us are against what Kotoko did, I am a Kotoko fun and really bashed them in all the sports talks show i was able to call in, even wrote to them and bashed them on www.asantekotokofc.org. Read the article of Kojo Addae-Mensah(PENALTY KICKS-WHAT THE LAW SAYS)and you will understand what even a member of the Kotoko team said about about that unprofessional conduct. The (Kotoko) management have seen the wrong and apologized, therefore talk to the substantive issues Albert(PRO Hearts) has raised and stop this Law thing as that's the bone of contention. peace.
  • NanaKash
    says: 8 years ago
    its a Pity your thinking... the same emotions you are exhibiting is the same those players and coach exhibited, therefore whats your case. Talk sense my friend
  • NanaKash
    says: 8 years ago
    its a Pity your thinking... the emotions you are exhibiting is the same those players and coach exhibited, therefore whats your case. Talk sense my friend
  • NanaKash
    says: 8 years ago
    Well said my brother. but on the winning of cases i bet to differ. i will debate you on that at any day... hahaha (what do you think?). have a great day my name sake.
  • Twumasi simon
    says: 8 years ago
    Kotoko need to be thought by hearts concerning de rules of the game.Ignorance of de law is no excuse.