The Ghana Premier League has been given a lifeline after the court dismissed the quest for an injunction from Accra Great Olympics on the start of the competition, clearing the path for the top-flight matches to commence.
The decision by the judge to dismisses the injunction request from Accra Great Olympics paves the way for the start of the Premier League this weekend.
The Blue and White club put in a request for a second injunction pending an appeal to prevent the Ghana Premier League from starting without them.
However, their request was rebuffed by the judge who ruled that their claim has no basis to prevent the start of the league.
Confirmation by Ghana FA
A Statement published on the official website of the Ghana Football Association confirmed the start of the league.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) wishes to inform all stakeholders and the sporting public that the 2017/ 18 League season commences this weekend.
This comes after Thursday’s court dismissal of the case between Great Olympics FC and the GFA for an interlocutory injunction on the start of the Premier and Division leagues.
In a statement signed by GFA General Secretary Mr. Isaac Addo on Thursday the GFA said that:
“Pursuant to today’s court ruling in the matter of Accra Great Olympics FC Limited vs. the Ghana Football Association, please be informed that the 2017/18 League season shall kick off effective Saturday March 17, 2018 at all the centers.”
All Clubs and stakeholders are to take note accordingly.
Genesis of the Case by Olympics
Great Olympics secured a court injunction on the commencement of the 2017/18 campaign claiming the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA failed to give them a fair hearing in their protest filed against Bechem United after fielding an unqualified player.
The Disciplinary Committee rejected the claim by Olympics on two counts saying the quest for boardroom points cannot be granted as the protest was out of time.
The GFA rules state that a protest must be made within three days of the match being played but Olympics filed their request SEVEN MONTHS after the game.
Their petition was also thrown out because there is nothing like a petition in the federation’s laws in the quest for points.
A disguised request by Olympics, masquerading as a supporter of the club, to have the matter heard by FIFA was also snubbed by the world governing body.
FIFA said Olympics must submit itself to the ruling of the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA and also slammed the request to have FIFA Disciplinary Codes implemented in the matter.
According to the Article 21 Clause 1 sub Clause 4 of the GFA statues which stipulates that clubs that fail to exhaust all internal modes of conflict resolution and seek redress at the court of law shall be expelled from the league.
The long drawn legal battle in courtroom was initially ruled by Justice Anthony Yeboah, a justice of the High Court, who rejected the first application by Olympics for an injunction on the league.
The start of the 2017/2018 Ghana Premier League season was postponed for the second time following the second application of injunction by the Accra based club.