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GPL: BOLGATANGA ALL STARS FINED GHc3,000 FOR MISCONDUCT

Ghana Premier League debutants, Bolgatanga All Stars have been fined GHc3,000 by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association headed by Prosper Harrison Addo, Esq. in relation to their matchday nine match with Asante Kotoko.

The Bolgatanga based side was charged on three sets of misconduct and has been asked to pay the said amount within 14 working days as the GFA statutes indicate.

The Committee took the decision on Tuesday, 4th April, 2017 after parties involved have been heard and the full details of their ruling is;

IN THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
GHANA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

CORAM
1. Prosper Harrison Addo, Esq. – Chairman
2. W.O.1 J. W. Amoo – Member
3. Alex Kotey – Member
Emmanuel Newton Dasoberi – Secretary
IN ATTENDANCE
ASP Raphael Tottimeh (Rtd) – GFA Prosecutor
Fred Tindan – Bolga All Stars Club Representative
GHANA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION vrs BOLGA ALL STARS FC
IN THE MATTER OF A MISCONDUCT CHARGE AGAINST BOLGA ALL STARS FC IN RESPECT OF THE GHANA PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH BETWEEN BOLGA ALL STARS FC AND ASANTE KOTOKO SC PLAYED AT TAMALE

THE CHARGE
Bolga All Stars FC was charged with three counts as per the Charge Sheet as follows:

CHARGE ONE

Statement of Offence
Bolga All Stars FC is hereby charged for a breach of Article 35(4) of GFA General Regulations and Article 8 and 66(1&3) of the GFA Disciplinary Code in respect of this match.
Particulars of the Offence
Bolga All Stars FC: At the end of the 1st half during the match between Bolga All Stars FC and Asante Kotoko SC played at Tamale on 12th March, 2017 when the Match Officials were going into their dressing room your supporters rushed on the Officials in an attempt to beat them in violation of the GFA Regulations.
CHARGE TWO

Statement of Offence
Bolga All Stars FC is hereby charged for a breach of Article 23(5) of GFA General Regulations and Article 66(1&3) of the GFA Disciplinary Code in respect of this match.
Particulars of the Offence
Bolga All Stars: During the match between Bolga All Stars FC and Asante Kotoko SC played at Tamale on 12th March, 2017 your supporters invaded the inner perimeter in violation of the GFA Regulations and this delayed the restart of the second half for about 10-15 minutes.
CHARGE THREE

Statement of Offence
Bolga All Stars FC is hereby charged for a breach of Article 35(b), 35(4) and 35(7d) of GFA General Regulations and Article 66(1&3) and 8 of the GFA Disciplinary Code in respect of this match.
Particulars of the Offence
Bolga All Stars: In the 65th and 71st minutes in the match between Bolga All Stars FC and Asante Kotoko SC played at Tamale on 12th March, 2017 your supporters threw missiles at the Referee and onto the field in violation of the GFA Regulations.

DEFENCE
Bolga All Stars FC in the club’s response pleaded not guilty to the Charges and opted for the club’s right for personal hearing before the Committee to respond to the charges.
PROCEEDINGS AND FINDINGS
The Committee examined the depositions in the Charge Sheet, the Statement of Defence and the reports of the match officials.
At the meeting, Bolga All Stars FC changed their plea to guilty and requested for leniency as follows:
“We wish to tell the truth always and so we plead guilty to the charges. We are very sorry about the behaviour of the supporters and the incidents. We have taken steps already and assure you that the incidents will not happen again. We are playing outside our original home venue but we will ensure that this does not happen again. Please forgive us”.
The Committee considered all the evidence and holds that it will side with Article 85 of the Disciplinary Code on the facts stated in the match report and the evidence given by the prosecution on three Charges. The Committee also took due cognisance of the defence and plea for leniency of Bolga All Stars FC.
In respect of the Charges, the relevant provisions on ensuring the safety of match officials and all other stakeholders of the game are very clear and unambiguous.
These include Articles 10 of the Division One League Special Regulations and Articles 66 of the Disciplinary Code which places a huge responsibility on the home club. In respect of the charges against supporters, clubs must also be mindful of Article 35(4) which states that “the Association shall hold clubs responsible for the misconduct of their supporters before, during and after a match”.
Article 66(1) and 66)3) of the GFA Disciplinary Code are also very clear on the subject matter:
66(1) “The home team or home club is liable for improper conduct among spectators, regardless of the question of culpable conduct or culpable oversight, and, depending on the situation, may be fined. Further sanctions may be imposed in the case of serious disturbances”.
66(3) “Improper conduct includes violence towards persons or objects, letting off incendiary devices, throwing missiles, including displaying insulting or political slogans in any form, uttering insulting words or sounds, or invading the pitch”.
The Committee wishes to state that there are structures within the GFA which deal with allegations of bad officiating by a match official.
An aggrieved party may send a Complaint to the Match Review Committee established under Article 59(3) of the GFA Statutes or in the case of misconduct by a match official, may send a Complaint to the GFA Prosecutor appointed under Article 39 of the GFA Statutes. An aggrieved club may also send a Complaint to the Referees Committee under Article 64 which has the duty to recommend the suspension or removal from the referees list of referees found to be incompetent or guilty of serious misconduct per Article 64(6) of the GFA Statutes.
The Disciplinary Committee is satisfied with the evidence before it on the Charges that the conduct of Bolga All Stars FC amounts to a breach of regulations and shall accordingly apply the necessary sanctions against the club.
The Committee is extremely happy about the club’s stand on the truth.

DECISIONS
The Disciplinary Committee after considering the plea for leniency makes the following decisions:
1. On Charges 1, 2 and 3:
a. That on Charge 1, the Committee having satisfied itself that the evidence adduced before it supports the charges against the club, the Committee hereby imposes a fine of Two Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢2,000.00) on Bolga All Stars FC in accordance with Article 39(1)(b) of the GFA General Regulations.
b. That on Charge 2, the Committee having satisfied itself that the evidence adduced before it supports the charges against the club, the Committee hereby imposes a fine of Two Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢2,000.00) on Bolga All Stars FC in accordance with Article 39(1)(b) of the GFA General Regulations.
c. That on Charge 3, the Committee having satisfied itself that the evidence adduced before it supports the charges against the club, the Committee hereby imposes a fine of Two Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢2,000.00) on Bolga All Stars FC in accordance with Article 39(1)(b) of the GFA General Regulations.
d. That being a first time offender and the promptness with which Bolga All Stars FC volunteered truthful information to the Committee, the Committee hereby suspends half of the fines in 1a, 1b and 1c above, which therefore reduces the fines to (GHc3,000.00).
e. That the amount of Three Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc3,000.00) shall be payable by Bolga All Stars FC to the GFA within fourteen (14) days upon receipt of this Ruling, failing which Bolga All Stars FC shall forfeit the clubs matches after the said deadline in accordance with Articles 39(8)(b) and 39(8)(d) of the First Amendment to the GFA General Regulations.
2. That Bolga All Stars FC and its supporters are hereby further warned to be of good behaviour and that should the club be found guilty of any misconduct charges, the Disciplinary Committee shall apply a more severe sanction against the club.
3. That should any party be dissatisfied with or aggrieved by this Decision, the party has within three (3) days of being notified of this Ruling to appeal to the Appeals Committee (See Article 37(11) of the General Regulations of the GFA).

Signed
Prosper Harrison Addo, Esq.
Chairman, Disciplinary Committee (A)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Source: ghanafa.org

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