The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) had set 4th August 2020 as the day it would reveal it’s verdict regarding the disqualification of Wilfred Kwaku Osei popularly known as ‘Palmer’ from the 2019 Ghana Football Association (GFA) Presidential race.
However, the 4th August has come and gone without a whiff of a verdict from CAS and many are suggesting that the Tema Youth President has already received the decision from sports highest court.
Suggestions Team Palmer have come out to deny stating “Contrary to reports suggesting our lawyers have received the much-anticipated ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). We wish to establish the fact that our lawyers are yet to receive the ruing from CAS”
The judgement was initially set for 17th July 2020 but was postponed to 4th August 2020 by CAS in accordance with Article R59 of the Code of Sports-related Arbitration.
Palmer has been seeking justice at CAS for the past 11 months ever since he was disqualified (on two counts which include the failure to pay transfer commission to the GFA as well as failing an integrity test) by the FIFA appointed Normalisation Committee (NC) from running in the 2019 GFA Presidential elections.
There are two things likely to happen – CAS to throw out the case and allow the status quo to remain or order for a re-run of the election if it was deemed the plaintiff was unfairly disqualified from the race.
GFA President Kurt Okraku has however stated that he is not bothered by the impending verdict and would rather focus on how soon football will resume in the country. “I am not bothered about CAS’ verdict concerning the case presented by Palmer, I am rather focused on how soon football will be resumed. So I am not concerned about the case at all.”
“I am even glad about the step taken by him [Wilfred Osei Palmer]. He saw a problem and he took to it to a higher body to seek for redress, I see that as his right.” Kurt further stated
With no news from CAS about the ruling, all we can do is just be patient and wait.