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AshantiGold vs Inter Allies: CAS releases verdict on banned players over allegations of match fixing

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has nullified all penalties imposed by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on the players allegedly involved in a match-fixing incident between Inter Allies and AshantiGold SC.

CAS in its Arbitral Award delivered on Thursday, July 27, 2023 and sent to all the parties, stated that the appeals filed by Alex Aso, Richard Lamptey and 20 other players against the decision issued on July 13, 2022 by the GFA Appeals Committee GFA is upheld.

The Arbitral Award consequently set aside the GFA Appeals Committee decision “ONLY WITH RESPECT TO” the 1st Applicants and 2nd Applicant (that is the players who appealed the case) thereby annulling the sanctions imposed on the said players.

The full list of the 22 players who appealed the decision are:

  1. Alex Aso
  2. Richard Lamptey
  3. Felix Abuska
  4. Mohammed Zakari
  5. Saibu Taufiq
  6. Fard Ibrahim
  7. Richard Acquaah
  8. Eric Esso
  9. Amos Kofi Nkrumah
  10. Stephen Owusu Banahene
  11. Kwame Moses
  12. Empem Dacosta
  13. Frank Akoto
  14. Isaac Opoku Agyemang
  15. Solomon Afriyie
  16. Mohammed Bailou
  17. Emmanuel Owusu
  18. Samed Mohammed
  19. Paul Asare de Vries
  20. Amos Addai
  21. Abdul Kadir Mohammed
  22. Isah Ali

The GFA was also ordered to contribute CHF300 each to the 21 players (1st Applicants) and CHF3,000 to Richard Lamptey (2nd Applicant) as part of the legal fees and other expenses in connection to the CAS proceedings.

Under Decision 8 of the Arbitral Award, CAS dismissed “all other and further claims or prayers for reliefs” filed by the players.

It would be recalled that the GFA has already allowed the players to participate fully in the 2022/23 football season following the grant of a provisional measure (STAY) by the CAS in fully assisting the players to register for clubs of their choosing.

The GFAfuther added that it welcomes the CAS Arbitral Award and will comply fully with the decision in relation the 22 players accordingly.

CAS is the worldwide supreme body for sports-related disputes and is fully recognised by FIFA under Article 56 of the FIFA Statutes and the GFA as well under the 2019 GFA Statutes. The GFA has always urged members and participants of the game to use the processes laid down by the Statutes and the GFA is amenable to comply with all such decisions fully.