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Sports News of Wednesday, 23 June 2021


'Rule on Hearts of Oak's protest against Great Olympics now' - Medeama CEO to GFA

Accra Great Olympics drew 1-1 with Hearts of Oak in the second round of the GPL play videoAccra Great Olympics drew 1-1 with Hearts of Oak in the second round of the GPL

Chief Executive Officer of Medeama, James Essilfie has urged the Ghana Football Association to adjudicate the protest filed by league leaders Accra Hearts of Oak against Great Olympics with lightning speed to avoid needless litigation.

The soft-spoken club chief fears that the delay in adjudicating on the matter has the propensity to spark undue controversy as the Premier League reaches home stretch.

The Phobians filed a complaint against their city rivals for fielding an unqualified player following the side's 1-1 draw in a titanic Ghana Premier League match on June 6, 2021.

Hearts are alleging that Joshua Kwame Rhule was unqualified to feature in the Mantse Derby at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Phobians have reportedly filed a protest against their cross-city rivals- seeking to be declared winners after sharing the spoils in the capital.

However, Medeama CEO James Essilfie has urged the FA to expedite action on the matter.

"I will urge the Ghana Football Association to act on the matter as soon as possible. We have just five matches to end the season and the outcome of that ruling will have consequences on the table," Essilfie said.

"We have to avoid needless litigation and so it's imperative on the FA to act now."

"It's been an exciting season and we must do all we can to ensure we end it successfully. The clubs must be clear on the ruling before our next Premier League matches."

"It's important we savage this fantastic season and not allow potential litigation to mar it."

Article 33 of the 2019 Ghana Football Association Premier League Regulations clearly states that a team commits an offense punishable by forfeiture of a match where that team fields an unqualified player.

If the protest succeeds, the offending team (Great Olympics) shall be considered as having lost the match, and accordingly, three (3) points and three (3) goals shall be awarded in favour of Accra Hearts of Oak.

Hearts are join-top with sworn rivals Asante Kotoko on 53 points with five matches to end the season.