Accra High Court dismisses injunction case against GFA; Premier League to resume this weekend
An Accra High Court (Human Rights Division) has dismissed the Application for Injunction filed by AshantiGold SC against the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The applicant failed to meet two of the three legal requirements needed for the grant of an injunction of this nature especially on the balance of convenience.
The court concluded that greater hardship will be visited on the GFA, the current 18 clubs of the betPawa Premier League, the Players, the Sponsors, Referees, Match Commissioners and other key service providers.
The court awarded cost of GHc20,000 against AshantiGold SC. The Ghana Football Association will publish the full decision in due course.
The betPawa Premier League is expected to resume this weekend.
The GFA put the Premier League on hold on September 29, 2022 after a Motion on Notice for Injunction filed at the Human Rights High Court by Ashanti Gold SC and served on the GFA’s lawyers.
Ashanti Gold were demoted to the Division Two League after being found Guilty of Match Manipulation in their 2020/21 Ghana Premier League Matchday 34 game against Inter Allies FC.
The said match saw Ashgold thrashed Inter Allies 7-0 involving two own goals, with viral post-match footage on social media showing what were described as “cheap and deliberate own goals”.
Later, Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah, who came into the game as a second-half substitute and bagged two own goals, confessed to deliberately putting the ball behind his own goalkeeper with intentions of foiling what he suspected was a standing, fixed 5-0 scoreline.
Inter Allies suffered relegation after finishing 18th on the league table with 26 points, while Ashanti Gold finished 9th.