A HIGH Court in Accra has granted an interlocutory injunction order to temporarily stop the start of the 2022-23 BetPawa Premier League.
AshantiGold SC had prayed to the court to halt the commencement of the league and their wish was eventually granted by the court.
The Obuasi-based club was demoted to Division Two after being found guilty of match fixing/manipulation in their 2020/2021 GPL Matchday 34 against Inter Allies FC in Obuasi which ended in 7-0 in favour of the miners.
Players of both clubs and top officials of Ashgold SC were found guilty after hearing by the GFA Disciplinary Committee.
The AshantiGold SC were thus demoted to Division Two per Article 6(3)&(h) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019 with a fine of 100,000 Cedis in accordance with Article 6(1)(C) and Article 6(4) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.
Dr Kwaku Frimpong, the President of AshantiGold SC, was banned for 120 months with a fine of 100,000 Cedis whiles his son, Emmanuel Frimpong had 96 months ban with a fine of 50,000 Cedis.
Thomas Duah and Aidoo Gee Ahmed, Coach and Team Manager of AshantiGold SC respectively, were also banned for 24 months each.
AshantiGold SC see their demotion to Division Two as unfair so they therefore decided to seek justice from the law court, which has led to the temporal stop of the start of the league.
Meanwhile, some players of AshantiGold SC and Inter Allies FC who were found guilty by the GFA Disciplinary Committee have had their ban temporary lifted by the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS), pending their final verdict.
By Thomas Awuah