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THE DC’S RULINGS IN FULL

THE DC’S RULINGS IN FULL
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The Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee on Thursday came out with its ruling on misconduct charges leveled against four players – Amos Frimpong, Ernest Sowah, Ahmed Adams and Seidu Bancey; Equipment Officer, Issah Amadu. Stories on the various judgements have already been published but Asantekotokosc.com finds it prudent, publishing the five rulings on the players and official named above.

Amos Frimpong 

GHANA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION vs. AMOS FRIMPONG (PLAYER OF KOTOKO SC) – IN THE MATTER OF A CHARGE AGAINST AMOS FRIMPONG (PLAYER OF KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO SC IN JERSEY NO. 20) IN RESPECT OF PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH BETWEEN NEW EDUBIASE UNITED AND KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO SC PLAYED AT BEKWAI.

THE CHARGE

Amos Frimpong, player of Asante Kotoko SC was charged with one count as per the Charge Sheet as follows:

CHARGE ONE

Statement of Offence Amos Frimpong is hereby charged for a breach of Article 8(1), 54(1), 56 and 66(3) of the GFA Disciplinary Code and Article 35(1b), 35(2), 35(3c), 35(7d) and 35(9) of the GFA General Regulations in respect of this match.

PARTICULARS OF THE OFFENCE

Amos Frimpong (Player of Asante Kotoko SC in Jersey No 20): You immediately after the match between New Edubiase United and Asante Kotoko SC played at Bekwai on 27th July, 2016, you attacked the match officials in violation of the GFA General Regulations.

DEFENCE

Amos Frimpong in his response pleaded not guilty to the charge and requested personal hearing.

PROCEEDINGS AND FINDINGS

The Committee examined the depositions of the parties, the charge sheet, the oral defence; the reports of the match officials and the video of the match. In his defence, Amos Frimpong denied the charge and explained that, he was nowhere near the referee but that he rather ensured that his colleagues did not go near the incident spot.

The Committee considered all the evidence and holds that on this occasion the presumption in Article 85 of the Disciplinary Code on the facts stated in the Match Commissioner’s Report is rebutted. The Disciplinary Committee is satisfied with the video evidence before it that the actions of Amos Frimpong after the final whistle of the match do not amount to a breach of regulations. The evidence does not support the charge.

DECISIONS

The Disciplinary Committee makes the following decisions: That the charge against Amos Frimpong, player of Asante Kotoko SC is dismissed. 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}.

Ernest Sowah

GHANA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION vs. ERNEST SOWA (GOALKEEPER OF KOTOKO SC) – IN THE MATTER OF A CHARGE AGAINST ERNEST SOWA (GOALKEEPER OF ASANTE KOTOKO SC) IN RESPECT OF PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH BETWEEN NEW EDUBIASE AND ASANTE KOTOKO SC.

THE CHARGE

Ernest Sowa, Goalkeeper of Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC was charged with one count as per the Charge Sheet as follows: CHARGE ONE Statement of Offence Ernest Sowa is hereby charged for a breach of Article 35(1a&b), 35(3c), 35(7a&d) and 35(9) of the GFA General Regulations and Article 54, 56, 58, 59 and 66(3) of the GFA Disciplinary Code in respect of this match.

PARTICULARS OF THE OFFENCE

Ernest Sowa (Goalkeeper of Asante Kotoko SC): You during the match between New Edubiase United and Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC played at Bekwai on 27th July, 2016, in the 78th minute when a penalty was awarded in favour of Edubiase, you rushed on the Referee challenging his decision and in the process pushed him down in violation of the GFA General Regulations.

DEFENCE

Ernest Sowa in his response pleaded not guilty to the charge and requested personal hearing.

PROCEEDINGS AND FINDINGS

The Committee examined the depositions of the parties, the charge sheet, the oral defence; the reports of the match officials and the video of the match. Ernest Sowah stated that, he did not agree with the penalty decision of the referee so he approached the referee which he now regrets.

Ernest Sowah however added that the referee fully dealt with the offence by giving him a caution. The Committee considered all the evidence and holds that once the referee (against whom the offence occurred) was of the opinion that, the offence deserved only a yellow card as punishment; the Disciplinary Committee shall decline the invitation for further punishment.

DECISIONS

The Disciplinary Committee makes the following decisions: That the charge against Ernest Sowa, goalkeeper of Asante Kotoko SC is hereby dismissed. 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}.

Ahmed Adams

GHANA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION vs. AHMED ADAMS (PLAYER OF KOTOKO SC) – IN THE MATTER OF A CHARGE AGAINST AHMED ADAMS (PLAYER OF KOTOKO SC IN JERSEY NO. 14) IN RESPECT OF PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH BETWEEN EDUBIASE AND ASANTE KOTOKO SC

THE CHARGE

Ahmed Adams, player of Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC was charged with one count as per the Charge Sheet as follows: CHARGE ONE Statement of Offence Ahmed Adams is hereby charged for a breach of Article 8(1), 54(1), 56 and 66(3) of the GFA Disciplinary Code and Article 35(1b), 35(2), 35(3c), 35(7d) and 35(9) of the GFA General Regulations in respect of this match.

PARTICULARS OF THE OFFENCE

Ahmed Adams (Player of Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC in Jersey No. 14): You after the match between New Edubiase United and Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC played at Bekwai on 27th July, 2016, and the match officials were in the dressing room changing themselves whist the doors were locked, you violently hit the louvers blades with a chair causing damage to a row value not yet known in violation of the GFA General Regulations.

DEFENCE

Ahmed Adams in his response pleaded not guilty to the charge and requested for personal hearing and therefore invited to the Disciplinary Committee sitting.

PROCEEDINGS AND FINDINGS

The Committee examined the depositions of the parties, the charge sheet, the oral defence and the reports of the match officials. In his oral defence, Ahmed Adams denied the charge and explained that, though disappointed with the match result, he walked into the dressing room without any incident. The player added that, it was rather while he was in the dressing room that he noticed that stones were being thrown from outside the dressing room at the windows, some of which broke the window of the away dressing room.

Ahmed Adams added that, the players informed Edmund Ackah who had to go and alert the security personnel to ensure sanity prevails outside the dressing room. Edmund Ackah (witness for Ahmed Adams) then confirmed the assertions of the fans throwing of the stones from the back of the dressing room. The Committee considered all the evidence and holds that on this occasion the presumption in Article 85 of the Disciplinary Code on the facts stated in the match report is rebutted. The Disciplinary Committee is satisfied with the evidence before it that, the actions of Ahmed Adams after the final whistle of the match do not amount to a breach of regulations and will give the player the benefit of the rebuttal.

DECISIONS

The Disciplinary Committee makes the following decisions: That the charge against Ahmed Adams, player of Asante Kotoko SC is hereby dismissed. 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}.

Seidu Bancey

GHANA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION vs. SEIDU BANCEY (PLAYER OF KOTOKO SC) – IN THE MATTER OF A CHARGE AGAINST SEIDU BANCEY (PLAYER OF ASANTE KOTOKO SC IN JERSEY NO. 27) IN RESPECT OF PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH BETWEEN EDUBIASE AND KOTOKO SC

THE CHARGE

Seidu Bancey, player of Asante Kotoko SC was charged with one count as per the Charge Sheet as follows:

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Seidu Bancey is hereby charged for a breach of Article 8(1), 54(1), 56 and 66(3) of the GFA Disciplinary Code and Article 35(1b), 35(2), 35(3c), 35(7d) and 35(9) of the GFA General Regulations in respect of this match. Particulars of the Offence Seidu Bancey (Player of Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC in Jersey No 27): You immediately after the match between New Edubiase United and Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC played at Bekwai on 27th July, 2016, you violently attacked the match officials in violation of the GFA General Regulations.

DEFENCE

Seidu Bancey in his response pleaded not guilty to the charge and requested for personal hearing and therefore invited to the Disciplinary Committee sitting.

PROCEEDINGS AND FINDINGS

The Committee examined the depositions of the parties, the charge sheet, the oral defence; the reports of the match officials and the video of the match. In his oral defence, Seidu Bancey denied the charge and stated that immediately after the match he went to the officials of   Edubiase FC, his former club, to chat with them. The player added that, he was nowhere near the referee let alone attack him.

The Committee considered all the evidence and holds that the Committee will side with Article 85 of the Disciplinary Code on the facts stated in the Match Report. Also the video evidence clearly shows Seidu Bancey chasing the referee and physically and verbally attacking him. The evidence given by Seidu Bancey to the Committee was false.

The behaviour of the player is one which brings the game into disrepute and cast a bad image for the game loved by millions of people. Seidu Bancey is hereby charged for a breach of Article 8(1), 54(1), 56 and 66(3) of the GFA Disciplinary Code and Article 35(1b), 35(2), 35(3c), 35(7d) and 35(9) of the GFA General Regulations. It is the position of the Committee that some of the regulations quoted in the charge were irrelevant.

Thus, Articles 54(1) and 66(3) of the GFA Disciplinary Code and Articles 35(1b), 35(2) and 35(9) of the GFA General Regulations shall not be applicable. However, Articles 56 and 8(1) of the Disciplinary Code on offensive behaviour and on acts amounting to attempts respectively and Articles 35(3) (c) and 35(7) (d) of the GFA General Regulations shall be applicable.

Consequently, the Disciplinary Committee is satisfied with the evidence before it that the actions of Seidu Bancey after the final whistle of the match amount to a breach 35(7) (d) of the GFA General Regulations and shall be punished under Article 39(1) of the General Regulations. The Disciplinary Committee is however mindful of Article 8(2) of the Disciplinary Committee. The Committee wishes to caution players to learn as part of their profession to stay away from the referee after the final whistle.

DECISIONS

The Disciplinary Committee makes the following decisions: That, the Committee, having satisfied itself that, the evidence adduced before it supports the charge, hereby suspends Seidu Bancey for the rest of the 2015/2016 football season effective from the date of this Ruling in accordance with Article 39(1) (a) of the General Regulations and Article 8(2) of the GFA Disciplinary Code.

That Seidu Bancey is hereby warned to be of good behaviour and that should he be found guilty of any misconduct charge, the Committee shall apply severe sanctions against him. 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}.

Issah Amadu

GHANA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION vs. ISSAH AMADU (EQUIPMENT OFFICER OF KOTOKO) IN THE MATTER OF A CHARGE AGAINST ISSAH AMADU (EQUIPMENT OFFICER OF KOTOKO SC) IN RESPECT OF PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH BETWEEN NEW EDUBIASE UNITED AND ASANTE KOTOKO SC PLAYED AT BEKWAI

THE CHARGE

Issah Amadu, Equipment Officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC was charged with one count as per the Charge Sheet as follows:

CHARGE ONE

Statement of Offence Issah Amadu is hereby charged for a breach of Article 8(1), 54(1), 56 and 66(3) of the GFA Disciplinary Code and Article 35(1b), 35(2), 35(3c), 35(7d) and 35(9) of the GFA General Regulations in respect of this match.

PARTICULARS OF THE OFFENCE

Issah Amadu (Equipment Officer of Asante Kotoko SC): You immediately after the match between New Edubiase United and Asante Kotoko SC played at Bekwai on 27th July, 2016 you violently attacked the match officials in violation of the GFA General Regulations.

DEFENCE

Issah Amadu in his response pleaded not guilty to the charge and requested for personal hearing.

PROCEEDINGS AND FINDINGS

The Committee examined the depositions of the parties, the charge sheet, the oral defence, the reports of the match officials and the video of the match. At the end of the GFA Prosecutor’s submission, Counsel for Issah Amadu made a submission of No Case to Answer.

Secondly, in his defence, Issah Amadu stated that he was rather the one who went to protect the referee once he noticed that some football fans have entered the field of play and were advancing towards the referee. He added that, the report of the referee that, Edmund Ackah prevented him from attacking the referee could not be true because Edmund Ackah was at the VIP and not on the field of play.

Edmund Ackah (witness for Issah Amadu) corroborated the statement made by Issah Amadu. The Committee considered all the evidence and holds that on this occasion the presumption in Article 85 of the Disciplinary Code on the facts stated in the Match Commissioner’s Report is rebutted.

The Disciplinary Committee is satisfied with the video evidence before it that, the actions of Issah Amadu after the final whistle of the match do not amount to a breach of regulations. The evidence does not support the charge as Issah Amadu was clearly seen as rather the good citizen preventing others from the referee.

DECISIONS

The Disciplinary Committee makes the following decisions: That the charge against Issah Amadu is hereby dismissed. 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}.

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