Cape Coast Venomous Vipers Football Club (FC) has threatened to seek court injunction on the 2016/2017 Division One League if their grievances were not addressed by close of the week.
According to the club, there were fraudulent acts in the decision of the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA which had consequentlly relegated Vipers from the Division One League to the Second Division without written notice.
It has therefore petitioned the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to investigate the circumstances that led to the award of three points and three goals to Dunkwa FC in the 2015/2016 Division One League.
The petition was also copied to the Minister of Youth and Sport as well as the Chief of Staff at the office of the President.
Briefing the media in Cape Coast, Mr Ebenezer Bondzi- Simpson, Operations Director of the club said even though GFA had not officially written to them on their demotion to the second Division , they had become alarmed and suspicious of fraud due to the recent action of the GFA against the club.
He said at the end of the 2015/2016 Division One League season and before the commencement of the 2016/2017 league season, the GFA issued a letter and compiled the list of Football Clubs eligible to play in the 2016/2017 league season which included Vipers.
Mr Bondzi-Simpson indicated that the club had subsequently paid its licensing fee while the GFA had also given them code to register their players and have had officials to inspect and approve their stadium for the 2016/2017 Division One League.
“It therefore came to us as a surprise when our secretary was denied entry at the 4th extraordinary conference at Alisa Hotel in Accra with the explanation that Vipers had been relegated to the Second Division. Meanwhile,the League Board itself never wrote to Vipers on the demolition”. He said
In a report by the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA dated Tuesday September 22,2016, Dunkwa FC is said to have filed a protest against Kumasi Cornerstone FC on Friday September 11,2016,but the matter was struck out as it was withdrawn by Dunkwa FC.
In a second report dated on the same Tuesday September 22, 2016 , Dunkwa FC filed another protest against the same club on Monday September 14,2016.
Mr Bondzi-Simpson alleged that the Disciplinary committee sat on the case on the same date and made a ruling on it without the presence of the defendant,Kumasi Cornerstone FC.
He explained that it had been the practice of the GFA to ensure that all and any outstanding protest was cleared before the last league matches were played and that the last round of matches were played with no club filling any protest.
He said per the period determined by the GFA General Regulations concerning the times set for the filling of the stated protest ,it could not be right for the Disciplinary Committee to have a written report on the matter.
Vipers gained 37 point to place 12th in the 2015/2016 Division One Zone Two and were not suposed to be relegated but the decision of the Disciplinary Committee meant that Dunkwa FC had escaped relegation.