Soccer Missionaries Fc has won a protest case against UN Rangers Fc. Soccer Missionaries Academy filed a protest against UN Rangers Fc for allegedly fielded two unqualified players in the match day three of the Wakaso Annual Challenge Cup on 3rd June, 2021 at Kalandan Park, field 1.
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“IN THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE TAMALE METRO FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
CORAM. 1. MR. ALHASSAN YAKUBU CHAIRMAN
2. ABUBAKARI ABDUL GANIU MEMBER
SOCCER MISSIONARIES VRS. UN RANGERS FC
PROTEST IN RESPECT OF THE WAKASO ANNUAL CHALLENGE CUP MATCH PLAYED AT THE KALADAN PARK FIELD 1
In accordance with article 56 of the GFA statutes (2019), the disciplinary committee (hereinafter referred to as the committee) considered the depositions from soccer missionaries (hereinafter referred to as the petitioner) and the statement of defence from UN Rangers FC (hereinafter referred to as the respondent) with their supporting documents.
SUMMARY OF FACTS
CASE OF SOCCER MISSIONARIES
Soccer Missionaries sc (the petitioner) protested against UN Rangers FC for fielding two unqualified players in match day three of the Wakaso Annual Challenge Cup played at the Kaladan park field (1) on 3rd June, 2021. The said players are SULEMANA YASSIR with Jersey number 11 and ZUBERU HUSSEIN Jersey number 6. The petitioner complained verbally to the match coordinator and demanded that pictures be taken with the referees which the match coordinator obliged. The two players are duly registered to play in U-17 and not any competition for U-15, but the respondent instead used these players to participate in the said tournament which is designed for only U-15 players.
UN Rangers clearly contravened Article 28 2(a) which states that an unqualified player shall not take part in any match for which he is unqualified to play. U -17 players per the rules are only permitted to play in U-17 organised competition, UN Rangers used the two U-17 players in U-15 competition which made them ineligible to play.
We pray that the disciplinary committee consider UN Rangers as having lost the match and accordingly consider the petitioner (Soccer Missionaries SC) as winners of the said match and consequently award us the three points and three (3) goals.
DEFENCE OF UN RANGERS
The aforementioned players are duly registered and also qualified to play any U-15 tournament or any competition organised by the Ghana football association. The petitioner is quoting Article 28 2(a) to claim the points. We are drawing the attention of the disciplinary committee that before the tournament kick start, it was categorically stated all clubs must use printed FIFA license Football Card A to make or qualify a player to play the said competition but all our cards were not ready to be issued for inspection.
The respondents players cards were not yet given to them. We want to make it clear that, all the players are into the FIFA CONNECT SYSTEM with the FIFA numbers we want the disciplinary committee to interpret the Article of the general regulations and dismiss the protest accordingly.
FINDINGS AND GROUNDS OF THE DECISION
The petitioner stated that the respondent should suffer forfeiture in accordance with Article 28 2(a) of the RFA Regulations.
The petitioner accused UN Rangers of using unqualified player against them in their week three (3) match played at the Kaladan park.
IN THE FINDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE
Player SULEMANA YASSIR is also registered to play in U 17 completion.
Player ZUBEIRU HUSSEIN is also registered to play in U-17 competition and not U-15 organised competitions.
The relevant regulation on this matter is very clear. Article 28 2(a) of the regional regulations read as follows:
An unqualified player shall not take part in any match for which he is unqualified to play.
The committee therefore makes the following decisions:
That it is the holding of the committee that protest of soccer missionaries shall succeed.
That for UN Rangers fielding two unqualified players in the match, UN Rangers shall forfeit the match in accordance with Article 33(e) of the GFA Regional regulation.
That having been found to have forfeited the match, UN Rangers shall be considered as having lost the match in accordance with Article 33 2(e) and accordingly three points and three goals are hereby awarded in favour of soccer missionaries.
That in addition being the defaulting club UN Rangers shall lose three (3) points from the clubs accumulated points from their previous matches pursuant to Article 33 5(a) of the GFA Regional regulations.
That in addition, being the defaulting club, UN Rangers is hereby fined One Hundred Ghana cedis (GH¢100.00) pursuant to article 33 5(b) of the GFA Regional regulations.
That the fine mentioned in decision 5 above shall be paid to the Tamale Metro football association within fourteen (14) days upon receipt of this ruling, failing which UN Rangers shall forfeit their subsequent matches after the said deadline.
That should any party be dissatisfied with or aggrieved by this decision, the party has within one (1) day of being notified of this ruling to appeal to the appeals committee of the regional football association.
(Chairman, Disciplinary Committee)”