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Soccer News of Thursday, 8 February 2018

Source: Modern Ghana

Berekum Arsenal boss threatens to boycott DOL over GH¢10,000 officiating fee

The Financier of Berekum Arsenal, Alhaji Yakubu Moro has hinted that he will lead a crusade against the boycott the 2017/18 Division One League should the FA insist on asking the club to pay GH¢10,000 as officiating fee.

Reports emerged on Wednesday that chairman of the Referees Appointment Committee, Eddie Doku has indicated that the clubs will be compelled to pay GH¢10,000 as officiating fees should the League fail to secure a headline sponsor and insisted that it is not the responsibility of the Ghana Football Association to pay for the officiating fees of the referees in the upcoming season.

GN Bank who were the sponsors of the Division One League pulled out their sponsorship deal at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Board Chairman of the Division One League, Owuahene Acheampong, had earlier indicated that the withdrawal of GN Bank as headline sponsors of the Division One League will compel the clubs to pay the officiating fees.

However, Yakubu Moro has frowned on the impending move by the nation's football governing body, claiming that he'll do everything in his power to boycott the league.

"I will lead a crusade to boycott the division one league should the GFA try to charge us ¢10,000 for officiating because the GFA is not being fair to us," Moro fumed on Oyerepa FM.

"Our main problem as division one clubs is Owoahene Acheampong, he has failed to act for us and will revolve against him soon. Doing football in Ghana is now like witchcraft, very difficult to quit. I have started talking to my colleague club owners so we write a resolution to that effect."

The bank signed a three-year contract with the Ghana Division One League at the commencement of the 2014/15 campaign and injected a whopping GH¢2.1 million into the league before pulling out at the end of last season.

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