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Ghana clubs suspend matches after raid on federation

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Ghana fans are worried over the stand-off between the government and the GFA

Ghanaian league clubs have voted to suspend matches at every level in the country in reaction to the raid on the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

The clubs are demanding an explanation from Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the country's anti-graft agency, for the raid.

The clubs resolved that they will not play until their demands are met.

EOCO agents carried out a raid on the GFA on Tuesday to confiscate computers and documents.

EOCO officials claim they are looking for information on commercial sponsorship agreements and had a court order allowing the operation.

"GHALCA has taken a decision to suspend all matches at all the levels of Ghana football because of the raid by EOCO," Rev. Emmanuel Adotey the boss of GHALCA, the body representing club in Ghana, said.

The decision means matches in the country's top flight leagues have been postponed indefinitely while the annual President's Cup which was scheduled for 19 December is also off.

Meanwhile, Ghana home-based national team has been disbanded after the clubs recalled all their players.

The local Black Stars are preparing for next year's Championships of African Nations (CHAN) in Sudan but were told to go home after the raid was carried out.

The minister for sport Akua Sena Dansua has issued a statement to to distance government from the raid.

Ms. Dansua said EOCO acted purely as an independent body mandated by the constitution of Ghana to investigate economic and organized crime.

Meanwhile, world governing body, Fifa, says it is watching developments in Ghana after the raid.

Fifa does not tolerate government interference in football and in October it briefly suspended Nigeria following court action against directors of the federation.

"We are monitoring the situation (in Ghana)," FIFA said after Tuesday's raid on the Ghana FA (GFA) in Accra.

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see also
Fraud squad raids Ghana FA base
07 Dec 10 |  African
Ghana FA on police raid
07 Dec 10 |  Africa horizontal
Fifa warns Ghana over intrusion
30 Nov 10 |  African
Ghana FA rejects request on Abedi
11 Nov 10 |  African

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