Ghana Football Association (GFA) suspends referees in Number 12 expose

The Ghana Football Association has disclosed that all the seventeen referees who were fingered in Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 expose have been suspended from the Ghana premiere league with the exception of two.

Speaking in an interview with MX24 TV, Head of Communications of the GFA, Henry Asante Twum noted that the two referees were cleared by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) after an extensive deliberation on the matter.

Mr Asante Twum indicated that all referees who are expected to be part of the upcoming premiere league are undergoing a physical training test at Prampram for the final selection to be made.

“The referees who appeared in the number 12 expose have all been suspended except two who were cleared by FIFA. On the back of the physical training tests that we did for the Northern sector and the southern sector, some referees failed the physical training tests so they have also been excluded from the list.

“As we speak the referees have all converged at the prampram Technical Center to undergo a three days training workshop and after the training the list will be further pruned down depending on their performance as far as training tests is concerned.”

The GFA assured the general public that steps are being taken to address the officiating issues in the country.

GFA tests 45 players and officials for Covid-19 ahead of premiere league kickoff.
The Ghana Football Association says it has tested at least 45 players and match officials across the 18 football clubs in the country as the country readies for the start of a new football season.

For months, football activities have remained suspended in Ghana due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
But speaking to MX24’s Kwabena Kyenkyenhene Boateng (KKB) on the preparedness of the Association for the season, PRO of the GFA, Henry Asante Twum said the FA has engaged all 18 clubs participating in the league to abide by all protocols as listed by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).

“Within the last few days the Football Association has engaged all the 18 clubs to start with and have taken them through what they ought to do and given them documents from FIFA and CAF that have to be followed judiciously. This includes the mandatory testing of all players and officials and so we took a decision together with the help of government to test all 30 registered players and 15 officials, in all we have 45 officials and players from all the clubs that have already been tested,” he stated.

As part of measures to ensure a safe league, Mr Twum noted that veronica buckets with water for handwashing will be provided at all league centers and spectators who throng into the various stadia to watch matches will be required to be in nose masks before they will be allowed entry.

“We are also ensuring that we will respect the directives of president Akufo-Addo who has spoken about the 25% admission for spectators who will throng to the various stadia to watch the matches.

“We are also going to provide veronica buckets at all the league centers and make sure there’s enough water available so that football fans who will want to watch matches on Saturdays and Sundays will have the opportunity to do so. Again, it is mandatory that once you leave your home to come and watch a game, you have to make sure you have a nose mask on. As much as possible we are trying to make hand sanitizers available across the stadium,” he added.

Meanwhile, the GFA says after the various clubs admit the capped number of players for each match, the clubs will be obliged to close their gates in compliance with laid down Covid-19 protocols.

“We are not in normal times so they know the spectators that need to be admitted at every point in time and it is with strict compliance, non-negotiable. The other issue we are currently discussing with the clubs is that we have to observe the social distancing as much as possible,” he added.

GFA to broadcast all 5 matches in first week of new premiere league season on Television.

The Ghana Football Association has indicated that all five (5) football matches that will be played between November 13 to 16 will be broadcasted live on television.
While Accra Hearts of Oak, Karela FC and Dreams FC will start the new season with away matches, Ashantigold, Asante Kotoko and Medeama will be playing from their home stadia.

Listing the line-up on MX24’s Opposing Views show, PRO of the FA, Henry Asante Twum noted, “There will be two live games on Saturday and the pack is the Nana Agyemang Badu I stadium in Dormaa where Aduana stars will host Accra Hearts of OAK and that game will be live on TV and then Still on Saturday the game between legon cities and Brekum Chelsea at the Accra sports stadium.”

“On Sunday there will be two live games as well, Ashanti golds against karela at the Obuasi Len Clay Sports stadium. Kotoko against Techiman 11 wonders and 6pm will also be live on TV and then on Monday Inter allies will host Dreams FC at the Accra Sports stadium.

“For the first we have 5 live games to be broadcasted,” he added.

Meanwhile, the upcoming season is expected to run through till the third weekend of July 2021.

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