The Ghana Football Association(GFA) says it has instructed its lawyers to take legal action against persons who are defaming the senior national team, Black Stars and the football association in general.
Recall that some Ghanaians especially sports presenters, heavily criticised the Black Stars of Ghana after they were eliminated from the group stage of the ongoing FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
On both mainstream media and social media, people said the stars did not qualify for the next stage of the big competition because of money. They alleged that some staff of the GFA manipulated Coach Otto Addo’s player selection and other dirty claims.
In a press statement on Tuesday, which the GFA posted on Twitter, the GFA stated;
Read the full press statement below
Following the exit of the senior national team, the Black Stars from the on-going FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022, the Ghana Football Association issued a statement dated December 2, 2022 (same day of the third match). We apologised to the general public and all stakeholders and also indicated that we will continue with the positive lessons going into the future.
The GFA has since kept an open mind and continue to listen and receive comments, suggestions, and ideas from well-meaning Ghanaians both home and abroad for the improvement of the team.
Unfortunately, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has noticed that a few persons are deliberately maligning and defaming the GFA and the Black Stars brand in an attempt to manufacture a non-existent scandal about the team.
While the Association will continue to encourage feedback and opinions (devoid of insults, personal attacks, and brand devaluation), the protection of the brands from deliberate lies, misinformation and defamatory comments must be curbed, as the Black Stars remains a global brand that unites all Ghanaians.
The Ghana Football Association has therefore instructed its lawyers to institute legal action against persons who defame the Association, its officials, products and destroy the Black Stars brand as well as the media platforms used to do same.
The legal forum will provide the opportunity for these persons to bring any evidence to substantiate their allegations.
The Association will continue to encourage opinions and comments being expressed aimed at improving the team and the brand.
Once again, the Association wishes to express its profound gratitude to all persons and stakeholders for their positive suggestions and ideas towards the improvement of the team and the Football Association.