Kotoko takes firm position as standoff with GFA over filming of GPL matches continues

Published on: 19 November 2020

Asante Kotoko is facing the Ghana Football Association (GFA) head-on after insisting that they will continue to exercise their rights under the Regulations of the association following the recent impasse.

Last Sunday, there was an altercation between officials of the Porcupine Warriors club and the Ghana FA, after the latter stopped the former from filming their match against Techiman Eleven Wonders in the Premier League.

Subsequently, the matter aroused tensions between the two parties with Kotoko considering the option of returning money received as share of cash paid by the League’s broadcast right holders, StarTimes.

As the Ghana FA refuse to listen to the Reds and their case, they have today released a statement insisting that they are not going to allow themselves to be bullied.

“In the foregoing, we are sorry to inform you that until and unless you provide reasonably prove that we are infringing on any law of the GFA, we shall continue to explore our rights guaranteed under Article 73(1) of the GFA Statutes which states “GFA and its Members are the original owners of all rights emanating from competitions under and other events coming under their respective jurisdiction without any restrictions as to content, time, and place.

“These rights include among others every kind of financial rights, audio-visual and radio recording, reproduction and broadcasting rights, multimedia rights, marketing and promotional rights and incorporeal rights such as emblems and rights arising under copyright law”, part of a statement from Kotoko reads.

Meanwhile, the club says they have received the GFA’s threat of hauling the club before the Disciplinary Committee. They say they shall accordingly appear before the Committee should the need arise.

Below is the statement from Asante Kotoko: