Hearts of Oak says Ghana FA fine is strange and contentious
Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club Limited has described the decision of the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to impose a GH¢2,500 on the Club as strange and contentious.
Hearts commenced their sixth week Premier League game against Ebusua Dwarfs at the Cape Coast Stadium with nine players, even though Uriah Asante and Mahatma Otoo were supposed to be in the starting line-up.
A statement signed by Mr Fred Crenstil, Chief Executive Officer of Hearts made available to GNA Sports inj Accra on Wednesday, said even though the Club had paid the fine, they disagree with the penalty of the GFA on the grounds on which the decision was taken since it did not contravene Article 23 (b), (c), as stated by the local football controlling body.
It said a letter sent to the Club by the GFA on the ruling again contravenes the decision, since it stated that “the two players were prevented from entering the stadium”.
The statement said the Club is saddened by the action of the supporters of Dwarfs who arrogated to themselves the power to trample on the fundamental human rights of supporters and other people at their home grounds.
It said the rights of the two players were trampled upon as they were forced out of the stadium and had to buy match tickets later to enter the stadium.
The Club has also asked the GFA to administratively rescind their decision since Mr Kweku Ampem Darko, Deputy General Secretary of the GFA, was the one who secured the entry of the two players into the stadium.
The statement also asked the GFA to examine the reports of the referee, Match Commissioner and the General Coordinator to establish the circumstances under which five balls for the match got missing and the attitude of the ball boys on the day of the match.
“We find the behavior of the ball boys unacceptable and would request that, it should be taken against the home team to ensure that such unsporting characters are eliminated from the game”. The statement added.