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Sports News of Friday, 24 August 2018

Source: Ghana Soccernet

Government never interfered in football - Sports Minister

Minister of Youth and Sports Isaac Asiamah has declared that government's move to reform Ghana football cannot be described as interference but rather intervention.

Government moved to liquidate the Ghana Football Association (GFA) through the Attorney General as a result of the documentary that showed football officials in various alleged corrupt practices.

The move stirred football’s governing body, FIFA who considered government’s action as interference to instruct government to truncate the liquidation process from court or face ban.

Later, government sought audience with FIFA, who frowns on interference, where a delegation led by the Sports Minister called on the former to address the issue.

But explaining what accounted for government’s decision ahead of the warning, the sports chief pointed out that what government sought to do was to intervene in the crisis that rocked Ghana’s football two months ago.

He said at the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Cup launch on Monday that “We demonstrated to FIFA that, the steps we took was about intervention and not interference. We are committed to the reform processes and we are also committed to the JAK Cup.”

FIFA, after the meeting in Zurich has instructed government to form a Normalization Committee of competent personnel to address the current crisis to put Ghana football back on track as soon as practicable.



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