CAS dismisses Palmer case; Okraku free to rule

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed football administrator Wilfred Osei Kwaku Palmer’s appeal over his disqualification from the 2019 GFA Presidential elections.

In an episode that began last year, Palmer had gone to CAS to seek redress over what he termed unfair treatment from the then Normalization Committee.

The Tema Youth FC bankroller was disqualified from the FA elections over claims that he had not paid a mandatory 10 percent of the transfer fee of Joseph Paintsil to the Ghana Football Association and over comments he had made in the past about bribery.

He was seeking some four reliefs from CAS, chief amongst them being a nullification of the GFA elections held last year in which he was disqualified from contesting.

But in a letter addressed to both parties, CAS backed the decision of the Ghana Football Association to disqualify Palmer from contesting in the presidential elections last year.

Key pointers from the CAS ruling

– The appeal filed by Palmer in October 2019 challenging the FA’s decision to disqualify him from the elections is duly dismissed

– The costs of the arbitration exercise will be determined by the CAS Count Office and shall be borne by Wilfred Kweku Osei Palmer

– Each party shall bear its own costs in connection with these proceedings

– The aforementioned decisions by the GFA have subsequently been confirmed

– All other or future claims are dismissed

By Yaw Ofosu Larbi||Ghana





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