Fifa’s Ghana dead­line

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AC­CRA: Fifa has warned Ghana af­ter au­thor­i­ties raided its foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion, giv­ing it un­til to­mor­row to stop what it called in­ter­fer­ence in the sport’s man­age­ment.

The state­ment, on the Ghana Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion web­site, said that au­thor­i­ties must “al­low GFA to work again”.

It said that meant re­turn­ing “all nec­es­sary ma­te­rial to GFA be­fore Sun­day, De­cem­ber 12. Should that not hap­pen, we will be obliged to re­fer the case to the Fifa Emer­gency Com­mit­tee.”

The row erupted on Tues­day when plain-clothed of­fi­cers from the coun­try’s Eco­nomic and Or­gan­ised Crime Of­fice raided the GFA head­quar­ters.

The GFA said the sub­se­quent re­moval of com­put­ers and mo­bile phones had brought it to an ad­min­is­tra­tive stand­still and, on Tues­day, it sus­pended all foot­ball-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties un­til fur­ther no­tice.

“Fifa recog­nises that the Ghana­ian govern­ment au­dits the GFA ac­counts, but only re­lated to the at­tri­bu­tion of pub­lic funds,” said Fifa in its state­ment.

“This ex­cludes funds com­ing from other sources, such as Fifa or Caf.

On Wed­nes­day, Ghana­ian clubs voted to pull their mem­bers out of the league, bring­ing do­mes­tic foot­ball in the West African nation to a stand­still.

The GFA has not given rea­sons for the raid but noted au­thor­i­ties had two months ago re­quested in­for­ma­tion on all spon­sor­ship con­tracts signed by the GFA. – Sapa-AFP

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