The Ghana Football Association has lifted the MTN FA Cup ban slapped on four clubs in 2019, according to a statement published on the website of the association.
Okyeman Planners from Zone III in the Division One League along with Berekum Arsenal and Techiman City FC from Zone I as well as Zone II club New Edubiase United.
The four clubs boycotted the 2019 edition of the competition and were fined GHS5000 each and banned for a period of two years from the competition.
However the quartet appealed against the decision and went ahead to file a stay of execution against the decision.
Ghana Sports Online understands that Planners constantly requested for update on the case but no feedback was shared with the four clubs who filed the legal instrument against the ruling.
Per the statement from the country’s football regulatory body the ban on the four clubs has been lifted but they must still pay the GHS5000 fine imposed on them.
However the new ruling excludes timelines for the payment of the time.
Below is the ruling…
The Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association has lifted the two-year ban on Techiman City FC, Berekum Arsenals FC, Okyeman Planners FC and New Edubiase FC from participating in the MTN FA Cup Competition.
The Appeals Committee considered the consolidated depositions of the four clubs and decided to uphold the decision of the Disciplinary Committee’s earlier ruling except the two-year ban on all four clubs from participating in the MTN FA Cup.
According to the Appeals Committee, “the onset and impact of the Covi-19 pandemic which led to the suspension of the League itself makes this 2-year ban unsupportive and unsustainable”.
However, all four Clubs shall pay a fine of GHc5000 each as stated in the decision of the Disciplinary Committee in its decisions.