Fifa warns Ghana over interference in football

2010-12-10 11:02

Fifa has warned Ghana after authorities raided its football association, giving it until Sunday to stop what it called interference in the sport’s management, according to a statement on the association’s website.

The statement on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) website said that authorities must “allow GFA to work again”.

It said that meant returning “all the necessary material to GFA before Sunday of December 12 2010”.

Should that not happen, “we will be obliged to refer the case to the Fifa Emergency Committee”.

On Tuesday, the west African country’s anti-graft authorities raided GFA headquarters, taking away computers and mobile phones.

“For Fifa, it is not acceptable if the GFA is not in a position any more to exercise the core of its mandate, which is to run football in the country, because of government intervention,” the statement said.

Ghana was the only African nation to make it to the quarterfinals of this year’s soccer World Cup in South Africa.

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