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Suspension Of Minister, NSA Boss Prejudicial – Group



The Dynamic Youth Movement of Ghana has described president Akufo-Addo’s decision to suspend deputy Sports Minister and the National Sports Authority boss Pius Enam Hadzide and Mr. Robert Sarfo Mensah respectively as “prejudicial.”

The two have been asked to step aside pending investigations into how over 50 Ghanaians were arrested and deported from Australia during the just ended Commonwealth Games.

“The action of the President is highly Prejudicial. Since comprehensive investigations are yet to start by the CID, the move by the President could only amount pressure on the CID to vindicate the President in the final analysis. If true, that will constitute an indirect interference in the outcome of the investigations,” the pressure group said in a statement.

Three other officials were recalled from the games as the visa scandal hit the country.

Below is the full statement from DYMOG:

Title: Presidents Move Unprincipled, Bias and highly Prejudicial

We wish to register our reservations over the President’s decision to suspend the Deputy Minister for Sports, Hon. Pius Enam Hadzide and the National Sports Authority boss Mr. Robert Sarfo Mensah.

The President took this decision in reaction to the visa scandal surrounding Ghana’s delegation to the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia.

In-as-much as we agree with Mr. President that the scandal greatly embarrasses the country and triggers a consequential need for an intensive and credible probe, the suspension of the public officials pending a ‘conclusive probe’ raises critical questions of the President’s integrity in exercising his powers. Our primary reservation is that the President has failed to be fair, candid or reasonable in exercising his disciplinary powers in respect of the two gentlemen.

Within this short period, the President’s government has been plagued with myriads of scandals which he has in one way or the other sought to investigate. Yet he has not applied his powers to discipline his appointees fairly.

Contrary to his decision to suspend these two gentlemen, the President’s decision has in the past kept such “accused officials” in office whiles investigations took place. For example allegations of bribery against Energy Minister, Hon. Boakye Agyarko, allegations of “corruption” against BOST MD, Mr. Alfred Obeng for selling 5 Million Liters of Contaminated oil, allegations of Conflict of Interest and Insider Trading against Finance Minister Hon. Ken Ofori Atta over the issuance of $2.25 Billion Bond, allegations of “bribery and thievery” against Deputy Chiefs of Staff Mr. Abu Jinapor and Mr. Asenso Boakye, Cash for Seat Saga involving Hon. Alan Kyeremanteng and his Deputies among others saw all these appointees still at post until conclusive investigations cleared them. So, this novelty of asking Sports Minister and NSA Boss to step aside for investigations surely has a reason lurking beneath it and we as Citizens need to know. In the absence of an explanation, it leaves us to conclude the President has been unprincipled in this matter by breaking his own code!

Secondly, the action is selective. A scandal of this nature cannot happen only within the framework of NSA and the Ministry of Sports. A visa scandal of this scope will definitely involve the active participation of certain key state institutions- Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Sports Authority, the Ghana Olympic Committee and the Ghana High Commission to Australia. Therefore, the question that arises is why the suspension of only two officials? Why did the President decide to target only two gentlemen who are just small fishes in the scheme of affairs? How about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ghana Olympic Committee and others? The suspension of only two officials constitute bias and send strong signals that, the two may be used as scape goats!

Finally, the action of the President is highly Prejudicial. Since comprehensive investigations are yet to start by the CID, the move by the President could only amount pressure on the CID to vindicate the President in the final analysis. If true, that will constitute an indirect interference in the outcome of the investigations.

To clear up all these matters, we call on the President to explain to the nation why the sharp deviation from the norm of keeping appointees at post whiles investigations go on, by suspending Deputy Sports Minister and NSA Boss.
Thank You.

(Executive Convener)



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Arsene Wenger Resigns




Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign at the club.

The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire.

The Gunners are sixth in the league and set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League.

Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

“To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke described Friday’s announcement as “one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport”.

He added: “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch.

“His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.”

Appointed on 1 October 1996, he is the Premier League’s current longest-serving manager and has taken charge of a record 823 games.

But some fans have turned on the Frenchman over the past two seasons as a result of their league performances.

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle was their 11th in the league this season, equalling their worst tally in a campaign under Wenger.

They are 33 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have 87 points, and the same number away from bottom side West Brom, who have 21.

Arsenal finished outside the top four last term for the first time since Wenger arrived at the club, and are now 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with five matches remaining.

They face Spanish side Atletico Madrid, who are second in La Liga, in the Europa League semi-finals, with the first leg on Thursday.

Wenger’s ups and downs

Wenger won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in his first nine seasons in charge.

In 2003-04, he became the first manager since 1888-89 to lead a team through an English top-flight season unbeaten.

But after winning the 2005 FA Cup, they waited another nine years – or 3,283 days – for their next silverware. It came as they beat Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup, before winning the trophy again the following season.

Wenger won his seventh FA Cup last season, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, but finished 18 points behind Antonio Conte’s Premier League champions.

His side have struggled in Europe since losing to Barcelona in 2006 Champions League final.

They were eliminated at the last-16 stage for the seventh successive season on their last appearance in the competition in 2017, losing 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich.

In 2006, they moved into the £390m Emirates Stadium after leaving Highbury.

The Gunners have consistently spent less than their main Premier League rivals on new signings, but Wenger twice broke the club’s transfer record this season.

France striker Alexandre Lacazette joined in the summer for £46.5m, while his final signing was Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £56m in January.


Source: BBC

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FIFA Hand Out Fines For ‘Third Party’ Deals



FIFA policy on third-party ownership bans either clubs or players from entering into economic rights agreements with third-party investors. Frequently such deals involve outside investors retaining or gaining a share of ownership in a player.

Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon was fined 110,000 Swiss francs (80,123.33 pounds) for “entering into two contracts that enabled a third party to influence the club’s independence as well as for failing to record an existing third-party ownership agreement”.

 Another Portuguese club Benfica was fined 150,000 francs for two deals involving third-parties.
Spain’s Rayo Vallecano was fined 55,000 francs for a third-party deal and Celta Vigo was sanctioned 65,000 francs for a deal which FIFA said “enabled Benfica to influence the club’s independence”.

Qatari club Al Arabi was fined 185,000 francs for several third-party deals and for not entering correct information in FIFA’s mandatory International Transfer Matching System in the cases of seven transfers.


Source: FIFA

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[GHPL] – Referee beaten in Sharks vs Medeama; Game abandoned



Center referee Yakubu Nuhu Liman, was allegedly assaulted by Elmina Sharks fans in their match week 8 game against Medeama on Wednesday, at the Nduom Stadium.

The referee suffered deep cuts to his head and was later rushed to the hospital for treatment, causing the game to be abandoned with 0-0 score.

Elmina Sharks tweeted to claim that the referee suffered the injury after he slipped and fell while making his way out of the dug out for the second half.

But eyewitnesses, including Medeama’s Public Relations Officer, Patrick Akoto, said it was a “brazen attack by some sections of the Sharks fans” on the referee.

The referee is said to be in a stable condition, but Sharks could suffer huge penalties including a forfeiture of the said game, further home matches ban, and a hefty fine if found guilty of perpetrating the barbaric act.

This is the second time the referee is reported to suffered an attack this season.

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