Wilfred Osei Palmer has accepted in ‘good faith’ the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) verdict, dismissing his case against the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
“Even though I have issues against the main grounds for the delivery of the final verdict, I have no other alternative than to accept it in good faith and move on in life. At the end of the day, it is a victory for Ghana Football,” a statement by Palmer read.
“It is my prayer that we all continue to pool our resources to move Ghana Football forward to reach the desired heights that we all wish for.”
Palmer appeal against GFA over his disqualification from contesting last year presidential elections was dismissed by CAS, ending 11 months legal battle.
The CAS verdict confirmed the Normalisation Committee/Elections Committee’s decision to disqualify Palmer.
Palmer was disqualified on two grounds. His failure to pay the 10% mandatory fee to the GFA for transfer of his player, Joseph Painstil to Belgian side KRC Genk.
And failing to prove he apologised to Ethics Committee over his comments on public radio that, Ghana failed to qualify for World Cup 2018 due to government’s decision to withdraw indemnity or unclassified payments from FA budget.
Palmer deemed the decision “unfair”, hence dragged the association to the global sports tribunal.
Among the reliefs Palmer sought from CAS was declaration of the October 2019 presidential election as null and void. He wanted a fresh election to be organised by GFA.
The verdict by CAS means the status quo remains the same with President Kurt Okraku leading the Association until 2023.