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Sports News of Wednesday, 18 March 2020


Hearts dropped Nettey against Inter Allies to avoid losing more boardroom points

It has emerged that Ghana Premier League giants Hearts of Oak dropped midfielder Emmanuel Nettey from their match against Inter Allies to avoid losing more boardroom points.

Hearts fielded Nettey, who was unqualified, against Elmina Sharks per the December 2019 Ghana FA congress adopted statutes the Phobians have faulted in fielding the player and could suffer points deduction if the whistle blower submit his evidence to the GFA who would have no option than deduct points from their accumulated points.

The Phobians fielded midfielder Emmanuel Nettey who had been booked once in three separate official matches against Elmina Sharks and are set to be declared losers of the said match and be docked an additional 3 points per the rules of the Ghana FA competition regulations.

Nettey, who has been the midfield anchor for Nii Odoom’s side this season, was booked in their match day 8 encounter with AshantiGold at the Accra Sports Stadium before picking his second booking in the Match Day 10 duel with Bechem United – a tie the Phobians won 3-2 thanks to a Kofi Kordzi last-gasp finish.

Hearts did not field the midfielder against Inter Allies though he was fit and available for selection. The Phobians were quickly notified of his ineligibility to feature in Premier League games and accordingly dropped him against Allies.

Hearts assumed the midfielder was qualified to play against Sharks after sitting out of the MTN FA Cup against Danbort FC.

The 23-year-old returned to play against Elmina Sharks though per the new Ghana Premier League regulation he was not eligible to feature in that game.

Hearts quickly realised they were at the wrong side of the law and excluded him from their game against Inter Allies at the Accra Sports Stadium which ended 1-1.

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