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Five-member committee to advise GFA on premier league autonom



The Executive Council of Ghana Football Association (GFA), will soon announce a five-member committee to advise it on making the Ghana Premier League (GPL) autonomous.

The decision was taken by the GFA Executive Council at its meeting on Tuesday, May 5, according to a statement from the national football governing body.

The Premier League Autonomy Committee, which would be made up of three persons nominated by the 18-Premier League Clubs with the other two to be added by GFA, would be tasked to counsel the Association on how to proceed with the implementation of the Policy.

“This special task committee would advise the GFA on the autonomy of the league, the format, the modalities, start date and rulebook, among other parameters,” the statement said.

The Ghana Premier League is currently organized and managed by the GFA while the 18-club league competition is managed by the Premier League Committee chaired by Lepowura Alhaji M.N.D Jawula with day-to-day administrative support from the Competitions Department of the GFA.

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PHOTOS: Suspected car bomb found near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico ahead of Italy’s Euro 2020




There were doubts over Wednesday night’s Euro 2020 clash between Italy and Switzerland after a suspected bomb was discovered near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, just before kick-off.

Italian security forces were called to the scene after a passerby spotted a suspicious item inside a parked car while headed for the Euro 2020 match.

The suspected bomb was found near the Piazza Mancini area of the capital, just a few kilometres away from the stadium at around 5.40pm, reported Corriere dello Sport. 

 Suspected car bomb found near Rome?s Stadio Olimpico ahead of Italy?s Euro 2020 (Photo)

The road surrounding the car was blocked by security officials to allow the bomb squad to carry out operations to diffuse the explosive.

According to reports, the bomb appeared to be homemade with gunpowder, bolts and electric wires. The police have not yet officially confirmed the device as a bomb.

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi said the bomb was found attached to an official’s car, while noting the seriousness of the situation and expressing solidarity. She did not, however, link the bomb threat to the match.

“A bomb was found in the car of Marco Doria, president of the Table for the redevelopment of parks and historic villas in Rome. A very serious fact, I express my full solidarity,” Ms. Raggi wrote on Twitter.

Italian politician, Carlo Calenda said the official in whose car the bomb was found was allegedly targeted following the redevelopment of historic Roman villas in the city.

Mr. Doria had faced threats in the past over reforms of park services. Investigations have been launched by the police in the case.

The match kicked off at 8 pm as Italy and Switzerland clashed for their Group A game. The host won by 3-0 over Switzerland in their second match and became the first team to enter round 16 of Euro 2020.

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Kotoko’s Emmanuel Gyamfi risks missing Hearts of Oak showdown





Asante Kotoko winger, Emmanuel Gyamfi

Asante Kotoko winger, Emmanuel Gyamfi, has been slapped with a charge by the Ghana Football Association for stamping on the face of Inter Allies forward Andy Akpe.

The 26-year-old winger was captured on camera in the matchday 29 game at the Theatre of Dreams at Dawu stepping on the face of Akpe which was an off-the-ball incident.

In a statement released on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), said the winger has been charged for a breach of Article 34(6)(d) of the FA’s regulations.

“Emmanuel Gyamfi: You: on 14th of June 2021, during the match between Inter Allies FC and your team at the Theatre of Dreams, did stamp player number 45 of Inter Allies (Andy Okpe) in an off-ball situation around the 65th minute of the game, an action which in the opinion on the association is an improper and likely to bring the game into disrepute,” the statement said.

Asante Kotoko recorded a 3-2 win on Monday at Dawu to level up points with Hearts of Oak with 53 points.

Gyamfi, Evans Adomako, and Andrew Appau got the goals for Kotoko, while Alex Aso and Andy Opke scored the consolation goals for Inter Allies.

Gyamfi is yet to respond to the charge but he risks missing Kotoko’s huge title-decider against Accra Hearts of Oak on matchday 31.

The Porcupine Warriors are scheduled to play against their bitter rivals, Hearts of Oak on June 27, a game that has been touted to decide the winner of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League.


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Great Olympics CEO handed a one-match ban





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The Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has handed Mr. Olloboi Commodore a one-match ban and a fine of GHC2,000.

This follows an interview he granted to an Accra based radio station Happy FM where he said ‘if not for dubious officiating they (referring to Accra Hearts of Oak SC) wouldn’t be where they are now”.

According to the GFA, the comment was deemed to be ungentlemanly and likely to bring the game into disrepute adding that the comments made against the match officials were without proof.

Mr. Commodore in his written statement of defence pleaded guilty to the charge.

The punishments were in accordance with the Premier League Regulations, Article 38(8) (c) of the GFA Premier League Regulations,

He has also been asked to within three days use the same medium, to apologise to the Referees of the GFA and the entire Association, failing which he shall serve a further six months-ban.

Mr. Commodore has also been warned that any future misconduct shall receive a more severe punishment.

Source: GNA

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