The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has emerged victorious in a case brought to the Human Rights Division of the High Court by AshantiGold SC.
The Club was seeking to overturn their demotion to Division One and suspension imposed by the Association following involvement in match manipulation.
“In the judgment read to parties yesterday in court, the judge held that Ashantigold SC fully participated in both the investigation and the proceedings before the Disciplinary Committee and were given a fair hearing and all opportunities to defend themselves.
“The judgment went on to indicate that Ashantigold SC did not establish that the Match Commissioners’ Report or the Referees Report would have helped their defence in any way, and therefore, no injustice was caused to them when those documents were not used in the proceedings,” reports the FA on its website.
The ruling implies that the Obuasi-based club will serve the indefinite suspension imposed on them at the 29th Ordinary Session of Congress of the Ghana Football Association where 67 members of the GFA cast their votes in favour of the suspension with only 17 casting against it.
AshGold found themselves wanting after they were implicated in a betting and match-fixing scandal in their 2020/2021 premier league matchday 34 against Inter Allies FC in which the match ended in 7 goals to 0 against Inter Allies FC though it was reported that they fixed to fulfil a correct score of 5 goals to 1 in favour of AshantiGold SC.
After an investigation by the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA, the club, its President and Chief Executive Officer, 16 players and two team officials were found guilty.
The Committee in its judgement demoted the Club to Division One while the players and officials were sanctioned by the Disciplinary Committee.