New Edubiase United FC have been declared losers of their Ghana Premier League Match day 25 match against Techiman City FC for fielding an unqualified player by the FA Disciplinary Committee.
Techiman City Football Club on August 22nd, 2016 protested against New Edubiase for fielding two unqualified players; Christopha Agbashie (number 27) and Prince Antwi (number 13) in their Match Day 25 Premier League match played at the Nana Ameyaw Park in Techiman.
New Edubiase stunned the home side by two goals to one in that match to give hope to their PL survival bid.
Techiman City contended that Christopha Agbashie received yellow cards on Match Days 5, 9, 16, 19, 22 and 24 of the Ghana Premier League and should not have been fielded on Match Day 25. Prince Antwi, on his part was alleged to have received yellow cards on Match Days 15, 22 and 23 of the Ghana Premier League and should not have been fielded on match day 25.
New Edubiase failed to file a Statement of Defence to the Protest within three (3) days upon receipt of the Protest as stipulated by the GFA General Regulations.
The FA Disciplinary Committee in its investigations found that Prince Antwi was qualified to be fielded in the Match Day 25 game but Christopha Agbashie was unqualified for the match.
Consequently, the Disciplinary Committee upheld Techiman City's protest in respect to the said match and made the following decisions;
The Committee therefore makes the following decisions:
1. That for fielding an unqualified player, Christopha Agbashie (player in jersey number 27) in the Match Day 25 Ghana Premier League match, New Edubiase United FC shall forfeit the match in accordance with Article 34(1)(e) of the General Regulations of the GFA.
2. That having been found to have forfeited the match, New Edubiase United FC shall be considered as having lost the match in accordance with Article 34(2) and accordingly, three (3) points and three (3) goals are hereby awarded in favour of Techiman City FC in accordance with Articles 34(2) and 34(10) of the General Regulations of the GFA.
3. That in addition, being the defaulting club, New Edubiase United FC is hereby fined Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢5,000.00) payable to the GFA, 50% of which shall be paid to Techiman City FC pursuant to Article 34(5)(a) of the General Regulations of the GFA which shall be paid to the GFA within fourteen (14) days upon receipt of this Ruling, failing which New Edubiase United FC shall automatically forfeit all subsequent matches after the said deadline by the Ghana Premier League Board or the GFA in accordance with Articles 39(8)(b), 39(8)(d) and 39(8)(f) of the First Amendment to the GFA General Regulations.
The immediate impact of the FA Disciplinary Committee ruling left the already struggling and relegation threatened New Edubiase with 19points and the bottommost position, and with 3 matches to the end of the season there have no chance of beating the relegation odds as they can only accrue a total of 28points should they win all three remaining matches. The result also dropped Inter Allies who this past weekend moved out of the relegation places back into the fray and vaulted Techiman City to the 10th spot on 34points giving them a decent chance of escaping relegation. Ebusua Dwarfs and Liberty Professionals all dropped a spot.
Below is a pdf copy of the Disciplinary Committee’s ruling and latest PL table.
PDF copy of ruling and league table courtesy of ghanafa.org
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