Ghana FA fines Eleven Wonders GH₵5,000 after non-payment to Abu Sule; warns them of transfer ban & demotion

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The Bono East Club could be handed a transfer ban as well as demotion to lower tier should they fail to meet the deadline handed them to pay their former player

Ghana Football Association’s disciplinary committee has slapped Techiman Eleven Wonders with a fine of GH₵5,000 cedis following their failure to pay former midfielder Abu Sule his combined signing-on fee and salaries of GH₵33,300 cedis.

It will be recalled that the disciplinary committee found Wonders guilty of illegally terminating the contract of Sule on June 2, and were given fourteen days to settle the midfielder.

However, the club failed to honour the ruling and defied the orders of the disciplinary committee. The disciplinary committee then sat on the matter again and has issued an enforcement ruling which gives Wonders up to August 13 to settle their debt or face transfer ban and demotion in the long run.

2. PURSUANT to Article 15(1)(b) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, Techiman Eleven
Wonders FC is hereby given a final deadline to pay the Player the total amount of Thirty-three Thousand Two Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHc33,200.00) on or before August 13, 2021.

3. PURSUANT to Article15 (1)(c) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, failing to pay the
amounts stated in Decision 1 and 2 above, the following sanctions shall apply automatically:
i. the Club shall suffer a transfer ban (both domestic and international) for
a period of one (1) year, should Techiman Eleven Wonders FC fail to comply with the Decisions 1 and 2 on or before August 13, 2021.
4. That in accordance with Article 15(2) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, Techiman Eleven Wonders FC is hereby warned to comply with this Decisions strictly; failing which the sanctions threatened above shall be applied automatically by
the Ghana Football Association (GFA), its bodies or Committees, IT Department of the GFA and all departments of the GFA.

“As at today, Techiman Eleven Wonders FC has not responded to the email. The Disciplinary Committee wishes to draw the attention of Techiman Eleven Wonders to Article 15(1) of the GFA Disciplinary Code (2019) concerning this matter of enforcement of the
decisions of the Player Status Committee,” a Ghana FA statement read.

“Article 15(1) of the GFA Disciplinary Code (as amended) states as follows:
“Anyone who fails to pay another person (such as a player, a coach or a club) or GFA a sum of money in full or part, even though instructed to do so by a body, a committee or an instance of GFA, CAF, FIFA or a CAS decision (financial decision), or anyone who fails to comply with another final decision (non-financial
decision) passed by a body, a committee or an instance of GFA, CAF, FIFA or by CAS:

a) will be fined for failing to comply with a decision; in addition:
b) will be granted a final deadline of 14 days in which to pay the amount due or to comply with the non-financial decision;
c) in the case of clubs, upon expiry of the aforementioned final deadline and in the event of persistent default or failure to comply in full with the decision within the period stipulated, a transfer ban will be pronounced until the complete amount due is paid or the non-financial decision is complied with.
A deduction of points or relegation to a lower division may also be ordered in addition to a transfer ban in the event of persistent failure, repeated offences or serious infringements or if no full transfer could be imposed or served for any reason,” the statement added.

DECISIONS

“After considering the above matter, the Disciplinary Committee has decided as follows:
1. PURSUANT to Article 15(1)(a) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, Techiman Eleven
Wonders FC is hereby fined an amount of Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢5,000.00), for failing to comply with the Player’s Status Committee decision. This fine is payable to the GFA upon receipt of this Enforcement Decision on or before August 13, 2021.

  1. PURSUANT to Article 15(1)(b) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, Techiman Eleven
    Wonders FC is hereby given a final deadline to pay the Player the total amount of Thirty-three Thousand Two Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHc33,200.00) on or before August 13, 2021.
  2. PURSUANT to Article15 (1)(c) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, failing to pay the
    amounts stated in Decision 1 and 2 above, the following sanctions shall apply automatically:
    i. the Club shall suffer a transfer ban (both domestic and international) for
    a period of one (1) year, should Techiman Eleven Wonders FC fail to comply with the Decisions 1 and 2 on or before August 13, 2021.
  3. That in accordance with Article 15(2) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, Techiman Eleven Wonders FC is hereby warned to comply with this Decisions strictly; failing which the sanctions threatened above shall be applied automatically by
    the Ghana Football Association (GFA), its bodies or Committees, IT Department of the GFA and all departments of the GFA.

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