Otumfuo calls for quick adjudication of football cases
Posted on: Mon Jun 18, 2012
The delays in the settling of disputes and protests relating to football matters have been so scribed as a drawback to the development of football in the country and as such, authorities of the game in Ghana have been asked to change things for the better.
They have also been urged to make an endeavor to root out hooliganism from the game; as such actions only tend to discourage people from attending matches thereby defeating the cry of club managements on their fans on high patronage of matches.
These words were contained in the speech read on the behalf of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II by the occupant of the silver stool, Nana Osei Bonsu, the Mamponghene.
In the speech, Otumfuo amongst other things congratulated all nominees and award winners for their feat and also commended the GFA/PLB for honoring him with the awards by holding it in his Kingdom.
"I want to assure the GFA/PLB that the doors to my Kingdom are always opened for them and they are invited to hold their programs here as many times as they would want to".
Having praised the GFA for their good works, he ventured into and spoke the minds of almost all the people gathered when he touched on the issue of delays in adjudicating cases at the GFA.
"I am not happy with the way protest and hooliganism cases unduly delay at the GFA. It does not only lose significance when Justice is eventually served in the long run, but it also open up such cases for interferences and the tempering of justice".
"It is a fact that as a human institution, people have soft spots for others and so when cases come before them, their friends, cronies and pals will do all they could to temper Justice delivery".
“When such things happen, football becomes the eventual loser,” Otumfuo opined.
H also said that such delays also tend to kill the competitiveness of clubs with cases at the GFA, as such clubs tend to be under intense psychological pressure and this can also lead to them losing focus and points.
"It is to prevent such occurrences that it is always important to sit on cases and finish with them within a record time so that the beauty of the game is not marred by these delays".
“I am even told that even though the league is over, there are still pending cases which I do not know what the effect of those cases will be on the league table”.
Sparring a thought for the players of Ghana football, Otumfuo urged them to continue to strive for success and the achievements of greater success in their performances.
“I have been watching the Euro 2012 and I am happy with the way disciplinary issues are handled by the organizers. I therefore urge the GFA chairman to get his committees to learn from those who have successfully done that and apply to our context"
"It is only when we approach the game with seriousness that it's beauty as we want to have it would be fully seen and appreciated," he added.
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