GFA warns betting companies over illegal bets on league games

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All bookmakers who are accepting bets on Ghana Premier League games without the association’s approval have received a last warning from the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

The GFA has authorized betPawa, the league’s primary sponsor, to accept a limited number of wagers on the nine matchdays left in the current campaign. This opens the door to a full engagement on a separate contract for the following year.

“The GFA has had cause to warn betting companies in the past; hence this latest warning beyond which Lawyers of Association will proceed to court without further warning to the recalcitrant companies,” said an announcement on the Ghana Football Association website.

“The Association wishes to place emphasis on its status as the owner of all marketing, commercial and other rights associated with the Ghana Premier League, as well as other products (other competitions) of the GFA. The GFA has not authorised any betting company to place betting on the Premier League or any of its products apart from betPawa that have been granted temporal permission for the remaining 8 Matchdays of the 2022/23 betPawa Premier League season.”

“The Ghana Football Association desires to warn all betting businesses to refrain from setting odds on Ghana Premier League matches without the appropriate AUTHORISATION from the GFA, in exercising its sole right as the owner, organizer, controller, and manager of the Ghana Premier League. The Ghana Premier League’s marketing and commercial rights have been flagrantly violated, and the Ghana Football Association strongly disapproves and will not tolerate any ambush marketing on its merchandise.

The GFA continued, “In the meantime, we have instructed our attorneys to take legal action against betting firms that set odds on Ghana Premier League games without permission.”

After 26 games, Aduana was in first place and three points ahead of second-place Medeama, with Hearts of Oak in third and Asante Kotoko, the defending champions, in fifth.

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