Division One League GFA offers to pay 50% of officiating fees for clubs

The county’s football governing body has offered to pay half of the cost of officiating fees for Division One clubs.

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Clubs in the second tier are set for a major financial boost after the Ghana Football Association (GFA) announced it will take the burden of paying 50 per cent of their officiating fees.

Division One sides have constantly complained about financial difficulties, with the decision to have clubs pay for officiating fees proving to be a further burden.

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Clubs in the second tier were required to pay an amount of GHc5900 as officiating fees for the current season – as a way of helping to pay referees on time.

However, the GFA has offered to ease that burden by paying half of the officiating fees that the clubs are mandated to pay.

The decision was decided at an Emergency Committee meeting held by members of the Association on Tuesday.

In the aftermath of the meeting, the GFA released a statement which read:  “Following a petition by Division One Clubs, the Executive Committee has decided to offer financial support to the clubs by paying half of the cost for their participation in this year’s league. After critical evaluation the GFA will bear half of the cost of the match officiating fee with the clubs paying the rest.

“The DOL Clubs petitioned the GFA Executive Committee to absorb the officiating fees they were left to pay after the Star Times and GN Bank interventions through sponsorship.

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”With the EXCO's decision to ease the burden on the DOL clubs, clubs will pay an amount of GHc 2950 each as the remainder of their officiating fees instead of GHc5900.”

It will come as welcoming news to all Division One Clubs, with most sides even yet to pay a dime out of the initial amount.

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