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General News of Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Source: myjoyonline.com

Nyaho-Tamakloe: Investigating Ghana's World Cup fiasco cannot offend FIFA

Former chairman of the Ghana Football Association, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe says government's decision to investigate the national team's participation at the just ended World Cup finals in Brazil, will not attract sanctions from FIFA.

Government has set up a Commission of Inquiry to probe the Black Stars' dismal performance at the World Cup. There are fears this could incur the wrath of the football world governing body, FIFA.

Private legal Practitioner, Kwame Akuffo fears some of the Commission's terms of reference are a clear violation of the FIFA rules.

He told Joy News: "I believe we have already encroached on FIFA protected territory" because "any attempt to investigate GFA as to how they prepared the Black Stars" constitutes political interference.

Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Tuesday, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, however, stated that FIFA will only sanction Ghana if attempts are made to forcibly remove the FA officials from office without recourse to due process- congress.

"...any commission set up by a sovereign government to go into the participation of its national team in an important event such as the world cup to unravel reasons behind the team's abysmal performance, and other embarrassing issues arising out of its participation [and] to make recommendations to the appointing authorities, to me in principle, I doubt if FIFA, will frown on that.

"This is not a GFA affair; this is a national affair...and I don't believe FIFA should interfere in the running of any government anywhere in the world," the former FA chairman insisted.

The football administrator, however cautioned, the country must thread cautiously avoid taking any action based on the recommendation of the Commission that could lead to the "removal of FA officials or duly elected officials of the FA."

" That definitely will tantamount to interference," he warned.

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