CAS Dismisses Osei Palmer’s Case Against GFA As Kurt Okraku Remains President

The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has ruled that the decision of the GFA Elections Committee to disqualify Wilfred Kweku Osei, affectionately called Osei Palmer from the 2019 GFA Election is valid.

The decision means Kurt Okraku will stay on as the FA President with no re-election ordered.

On Wednesday morning CAS, after several postponement delivered the verdict which is likely to bring finality to a long protracted legal process.

Palmer was contesting the legitimacy of the current leadership of the FA at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

He was found guilty of breaking GFA codes and was thus prevented from contesting the elections that saw the arrival of Kurt Okraku and eleven other Executive Council members.

The verdict means unless some monumental happens, Palmer may not be able to stand for any future election in the future.

Spokesperson of Osei Palmer, Ebo Appiah in an interview with Asempa FM admitted receiving the verdict from CAS. He said despite the disappointment they are ready to assist the current administration going forward.

“Palmer is calm and he is a sportsman who knows that you will either win or lose. He is calm and not down.” Ebo said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kofi Amoah who was then Normalisation Committee president says the CAS ruling was clear vindication of his team’s decision to disqualify Osei Palmer.

“It’s a complete vindication which must be embraced in Ghana here that organizations that are ruled by statutes and regulations, the members of those organizations must respect those regulations and statutes.

‘This case had nothing to do with any personality clash. I didn’t know Palmer from anywhere until I joined the Normalization Committee”.

“We went strictly in doing our work by the mandate given to us by FIFA and by the regulations of football including the statutes and the GFA regulations.

‘Here is a clear case of an association that has decided properly, discussed and enacted by Congress that to develop football any club that transfers a player must pay ten percent to the GFA.

‘Tema Youth club is aware and so is Palmer and he confirmed that to the NC. The arrogance with which he refused to do it could not establish the integrity of such a person as to come and run an organization”, he said.



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