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Nobody in Ghana loves football more than me – Nana Addo

President Akufo-Addo

The President met a host of pressmen and women on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the Jubilee House.

Asked about what lessons can be picked from the ‘Number 12’ exposé which implicated over 77 Ghanaians referees and football officials, he said he hopes for a better beginning for Ghana football.

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“What I am hoping for is that, through this Normalisation Committee, a new beginning will be started in the administration of Ghanaian football because the process is there for the creation of a new constitution and a new structure that will hopefully prevent the kinds of things we have seen in the past.

“I am hoping that the people who are on the Normalisation Committee will lead the process of a more sane administration and they will make rules that will be more transparent and they will try to balance the various interests in terms of Ghana football.

“I am talking about fans, players, club owners and administrators and there must be a way of linking them,” President Akufo-Addo said.

He added that once the Normalisation Committee finishes its work, government will leave the running of football to the ‘football people’.

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According to him, the government had a duty to maintain law and order and to take action in relation to the Anas documentary, but cannot interfere with the running of football in the country, as per FIFA’s rules.

“I think that the fundamental FIFA arrangement in the running of football is the right one. Football people should run football and government should stay out of it.

“But then, football, like any other activity in a state, has to be carried within the laws of a country.

“All the things we saw in the video that pointed to the possibility of criminal activity could not have been avoided by government. Something had to be done about those things,” Nana Addo added.

Meanwhile, the Normalisation Committee has football will return in January, with a new competition set to be rolled out for Premier League and Division One League clubs.

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