Fifa’s Ghana deadline
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