Court fines GFA $6,170 for bogus ruling

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has been slapped with a $6,170 fine to be paid to Phar Rangers. The ruling was given by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

The Division One League (DOL) side won their case against the Ghana FA on Monday.

“The GFA is ordered to pay an amount of CHF 6,000 to Phar Rangers as a contribution to the costs and expenses incurred by Phar Rangers in connection with these arbitration proceedings,” part of the ruling read.

Despite finishing 12th on the Zone III table at the end the 2016/17 season, Phar Rangers were relegated to the Eastern Region Division Two League with Okyeman Planners which finished 13th, earning a slot to maintain their status in the DOL.

This was because Planners won a protest against relegated Okwawu United for failing to pay a fine after their week 29 clash.

But, Phar Rangers argued that since Okwawu United failed to pay their fine before their week six league clash, they should lose all points in their matches from week 7 to week 30.

It took the Ghana FA Disciplinary Committee 48 days to respond to Phar Rangers’ protest with the flimsy excuse that it had no jurisdiction over the case.

Rangers exhausted all the judicial processes at the FA before heading to Switzerland for review of GFA’s earlier rulings against them.

Below is the ruling of the Court of Arbitration:

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