Ghanaian FA Instructs Lawyers Against Betting Operators

The governing body of Ghanaian football has advised lawyers to take action against local companies providing betting markets in their major competitions.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) vowed to maintain the new regulations that it recently introduced under the new president, Kurt Okraku, which include an order that only operators authorised by the body will provide betting markets in competitions such as the Ghana Premier League (GPL).

The GFA said it did not allow any betting company to place bets on the Premier League or any of its goods in a statement.

This called on the Gaming Commission of Ghana, the national regulator, to find the “illegal activities of their licenced betting companies against the GFA and its members”.

The body added: “The GFA, in exercising its exclusive right as the owner, organiser, controller and manager of the Ghana Premier League, wishes to caution all betting companies to desist from placing odds on Ghana Premier League matches without the necessary authorisation from the GFA.

“The GFA seriously frowns on such flagrant violation of the marketing and commercial rights of the Ghana Premier League, and will not countenance any ambush marketing on its product.”

The GFA added: “By this statement, we strongly warn all betting companies to stop placing bets on the Ghana Premier League or any GFA product without authorisation from the GFA; failing which the Association will take legal action against them without further notice.

“Meanwhile, we have instructed our lawyers to take action against betting companies who placed odds on Ghana Premier League matches last weekend without authorisation.”

Ahead of the new season, which started last weekend, the new GFA boss and his Executive Council approved new rules and regulations on betting in the Ghana Premier League.

All players in soccer tournaments are strictly prohibited from engaging in betting, whereas no betting company can use the GFA’s fixtures or match results for betting without a GFA licence or permission.

Last month, Elmina Sharks, side of the Ghana Premier League, made a passionate appeal to the FA to launch an investigation into a’ fake’ friendly involving the academy side of the club and Sekondi Hasaacas in October 2019, reportedly influenced by betting unions.