- The government of Ghana has responded to FIFA over threat to ban Ghana
- Government has thus called for emergency dialogue with FIFA
The Government of Ghana has heavily responded to FIFA over the world football governing body’s threat to ban Ghana.
On Monday, August 13, 20018, FIFA wrote to the Government of Ghana to withdraw the petition to dissolve the Ghana FA from court by August 27 or an international ban will be handed to Ghana for government interference.
Government’s petition to the High Court court to dissolve the Ghana FA came following Anas Aremeyaw Anas' documentary on corruption in Ghana football which captured top FA officials and referees taking bribes to influence the outcome of certain games.
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However, in less than 48 hours following FIFA’s warning to Ghana, the government, in its response to FIFA, said that further discussions are needed to find a balance between fighting criminal behaviour per Ghana’s laws and respecting FIFA’s laws dealing with interference in the running of football in each of its member states.
In a letter sighted by YEN.com.gh signed by Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, the government said that:
“… Given the nature of the empirical and overhelming nature of the evidence of widespread corruption, bribery, match-fixing and other forms of illegality at all levels of the Ghana FA, the Government of Ghana was left with no choice than to enforce the domestic laws of Ghana to bring the operations of the Ghana FA to a halt…
Ghana recognises the mandate of FIFA to administer football globally. Government of Ghana is not interested in interfering with the adminstration of football in Ghana.”
It is our understanding that FIFA remains committed to purging football administration in Ghana of corruption and related criminal conduct, which objective is in accord with that of the Government of Ghana.”
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It is unclear what FIFA’s response will be to Ghana’s demands of a meeting but the country’s letter hints of a possible urge to avoid a ban since that will affect the Black Stars as they are scheduled to battle Kenya in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers in September.
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