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Sports News of Friday, 19 June 2020

Source: Ghana Soccernet

GFA will accept CAS ruling on Palmer's case - Kurt Okraku

President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Edwin Simeone Okraku has admitted the federation will accept the outcome of the ruling from CAS in the case involving his outfit and Wilfred Osei.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) revealed that it will decide on the future of Kurt Okraku's administration next month.

CAS told the GFA on Thursday that it has set 17 July as the date to rule on Wilfred Osei Palmer's case that he was illegally disqualified from the Ghana FA Presidential election that brought Okraku to power.

The Kurt Okraku led administration have agreed to adhere to the outcome of the ruling.

“It’s a case involving my brother Osei Parlmer and the football Association, it is what it is,“ the FA president told Sports Check.

“I didn’t take the case to CAS, if the court of Arbitration for sports gives the ruling, we will go by it, it is what it is.

“When the sea becomes rough, fishes don’t gee,“ he added.

The case has got the potential of ordering for a fresh Ghana FA election just nine months after Kurt Okraku won the polls.

This means the world's sports court body is set to begin processes to put paid to the long-winding legal tussle that hangs around the Ghana FA presidency.

Palmer dragged the Ghana FA to CAS over his 'unfair' disqualification from the presidential race in October last year.

The situation has put the presidency of Kurt Okraku on the line with wide-reaching implications if Palmer becomes successful.

There are two things likely to happen - CAS to throw out the case and allow the status quo to remain or order for a re-run of the election if it was deemed the plaintiff was unfairly disqualified from the race.

The ruling from CAS will put to rest months of intense anxiety involving all the principal actors.

Osei, popularly known as Palmer, paid 22,000 Swiss Francs to CAS early this year on behalf of the GFA for his disqualification from federation's presidential elections appeal case to be heard.

The GFA refused to pay 22,000 Euros so per the rules, Palmer decided to pay both so that the hearing can go ahead which means he has now paid 44, 000 Euros which is $48,000.

Some media outfits believed to have received leaks from the GFA that Palmer might not be able to pay the amount which would have ended the litigation that challenges the legitimacy current leader of the federation Okraku.

However, CAS confirmed days later that it has received the full payment to allow it to form a panel to hear the case against the GFA over the decision to stop Palmer from contesting the election.

The feuding parties - the Ghana Football Association and aspirant Wilfred Osei Kwaku have named their respective arbitrators setting the tone for the adjudication of the matter.

While the association has gone for Swiss lawyer Hendrik Willem Kesler supported by Naa Odorfoley populalry known as 'Naa Gucci', Osei Kwaku has hired highly-rated Australian John Didulica with backing from Thaddeus Sory.

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