Ghanaian giants Ashantigold SC will be participating in the third-tier of Ghana football next season after being demoted from the domestic topflight.
The three-time Ghana Premier League champions have been demoted following a verdict from the Ghana FA Discplinary Committee which found officials and players of the team involved in match-fixing and manipulation.
The team has been fined Ghc 100,000 and also demoted to the Second Division in Ghana football.
President of the Club Dr Kwaku Frimpong has been handed a 10-year ban whilst Chief Executive Officer of the club Emmanuel Frimpong has been banned for eight years.
Some players of the club who were involved in the match-fixing after investigations carried out have been handed several bans by the Ghana FA Discplinary Committee.
The Verdict released by the Ghana FA on AshantiGold SC demotion to Division read as follows
Following a verdict released by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana FA
The Club was charged for a breach of Article 34(5)(a) of the Ghana Premier League Regulations (2019) for instigating, commanding, and counselling its players to play a fixed match or match of convenience between Ashantigold SC and Inter Allies FC to achieve a result in favor of Ashantigold SC
1. To protect the sporting integrity of football in Ghana Per Article 18(1) & (2) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019, Ashantigold Sporting Club as a corporate entity is sanctioned as follows:
a. That at the end of the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League season, Ashantigold SC shall be demoted to the Division Two League in accordance with Article 6(3)(h) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.
b. That a fine of GHc100,000.00 is imposed on Ashantigold SC in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) and Article 6(4) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.