Hearts application review thrown out by Appeals Committee

The Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association has dismissed Hearts of Oak’s review application against the judicial body’s ruling over the eligibility of Asante Kotoko’s Obed Owusu for a Ghana Premier League matchday 25 encounter.

An official publication by the GFA says the Accra-based side’s charge has been overruled.

“We have found no exceptional circumstances that will justify a review of our decision dated 20/10/15 so, therefore, the application for review lacks merit and is hereby dismissed,” a portion of the statement reads.

Following the said match at the Accra Sports Stadium in August, a game won by Kotoko, the Phobians filed a charge over the eligibility of Owusu who, they claimed, was to serve a mandatory one match suspension in the match in question, having accumulated three yellow cards before the fixture.

The Disciplinary Committee on September 1 ruled in favour of Hearts, awarding them three points plus three goals, and deducting the Porcupine Warriors a total of six points in addition to a fine of GH¢5,000.00.

Kotoko, however, maintained that Owusu had served the supposed suspension in an Elite Clubs Competition match, and was, thus, eligible to play against Hearts, leading to the filing of an appeal against the Disciplinary Committee’s ruling.

The Appeals Committee subsequently upheld Kotoko’s case, reinstating their docked six points.

The Kumasi-based side, thus, moved to the second spot of the ended 2014-15 Ghana Premier League season from a previously occupied sixth position, while Hearts drop from fourth to 13th – a place above the relegation zone.

The Phobians then decided to pursue the case further, calling for the review of the ruling – a step which has again been rejected.

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