The Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association have announced that Accra Hearts of Oak SC has been fined an amount GHc10,000(GHc5000 suspended) for breaching the GFA’s sponsorship agreement with NASCO after their Ghana Premier League match against Liberty Professionals played in Accra.
The Announcement was released this afternoon as confirmed by the official website of the GFA and also posted on their official twitter handle.
Accra Hearts of Oak SC was charged with one count as per the Charge Sheet as follows:
Statement of Offence
Accra Hearts of Oak SC is hereby charged for a breach of Articles 82(1) and 82(4)
of the Second Amendment of the GFA Statutes in respect of this match.
Particulars of the Offence
That Accra Hearts of Oak SC, knowing that the GFA has instituted a Player of the Match, Coach of the Month and Player of the Month awards sponsored by NASCO phones exclusively for the Ghana Premier League after the Ghana Football Association had signed an agreement with the Sponsor, you, Accra Hearts of Oak SC deliberately and without the GFA’s consent and concurrence, used the Ghana Premier League match organised by the GFA to do a presentation of a phone from a competitor of NASCO, as your club Player of the Match, thereby putting the GFA at risk of breaching its agreement with NASCO in violation of the GFA Statutes.
Accra Hearts of Oak SC, in the club’s response signed Hackman Aidoo (the Account/Adm. Manager), pleaded not guilty to the charge and opted for personal hearing. The club attended the meeting of the Committee on Friday, June 9, 2017.
The Disciplinary Committee upon considering the plea for leniency by Accra Hearts of
Oak SC, makes following decisions:
1. That the Committee having satisfied itself that the evidence adduced before it
supports the charge against the club, hereby imposes a fine of Ten Thousand
Ghana Cedis (GH¢10,000.00) on Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club in accordance
with Article 39(1)(b) of the GFA General Regulations, half of which fine is hereby suspend.
2. That the amount of Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢5,000.00) in Decision 1
herein shall be payable by Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club to the GFA within
fourteen (14) days upon receipt of this Ruling, failing which Accra Hearts of Oak
Sporting Club shall forfeit the club’s 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.
3. That Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club is hereby warned to be of good behaviour and that should the club be found guilty of any misconduct charge on GFA marketing rights, the Disciplinary Committee shall recall the suspended portion of
the fine in Decision 1 above in addition to any other sanction to be imposed against the club.
4. 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)
Click here for the decision: /userfiles/files/Decision – Misconduct Case 50- PLB – Accra Hearts of Oak SC a la NASCO phone agreement .pdf
Meanwhile, the Management of the Phobian Club are yet accept the decision and then give any reaction to the fine by the Disciplinary Committee.
The Committee that sat on the case was head by Lawyer Prosper Harrison Addo.
1. Prosper Harrison Addo, Esq. – Chairman
2. Eva Okyere, Esq. – Vice Chairperson
3. Osei Kwadwo Addo, Esq. – Member
4. W.O.1 J. W. Amoo – Member
5. Alex Kotey – Member
Emmanuel Newton Dasoberi – Secretary
ASP Raphael Tottimeh (Rtd) – GFA Prosecutor
Frank Nelson Nwokolo – Director of Accra Hearts of Oak SC