Ghana avoids FIFA sanction

FIFA has signed an agreement with Ghana committing both sides to the establishment of a “standardization committee” to administer football in the country.

The football court found a procedural violation in the suspension of the president of the Ghanaian federation in a case of alleged corruption.

FIFA has therefore committed Thursday to stop the process of dissolution of the country’s football federation (GFA).

Earlier this week, the world’s governing body of football gave Ghana until August 27 to settle this court case or face a global ban on football.

The two sides will now work together “to provide leadership in the reform of the football administration in Ghana and Africa”.

An executive committee should be created before the organization of new elections.

In addition, FIFA said it would work with the government “to eliminate corruption and malpractices and other criminal behavior associated with the administration of football in Ghana”.

The GFA was involved in a scandal when its president Kwesi Nyantakyi was filmed by an investigative journalist in a hotel room, appearing to receive $65,000 in cash from a businessman who apparently wanted to sponsor the Ghana Football League.

Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned as President of GFA and positions he held at FIFA and the African Football Confederation (CAF).

He denies any reprehensible act.

FIFA suspended Nyantakyi for 90 days on June 8, but has now left his post on the FIFA Council.

Although it has suspended Nyantakyi itself, FIFA does not accept the interference of third parties in its member federations and has therefore threatened to ban the GFA from government action.

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