Accra Hearts of Oak have been docked three points following a protest by city rivals Great Olympics.
This is according to a ruling by the Ghana FA Disciplinary Committee which comes three days after the final games in the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League.
The Phobians have been declared losers of their matchday 25 fixture with Olympics which was played on Sunday, August 27. The Phobians had won the Mantse derby 2-1 but Olympics decided to capitalize on what they identified as an administrative loophole on the part of their rivals.
The club subsequently filed a protest demanding full points from the match lost on grounds that Hearts of Oak failed to follow due process in paying up a fine slapped on them by the FA.
In a release on the Ghana FA website Wednesday, the Disciplinary Committee said:
“The protest by Accra Great Olympics is hereby upheld by a majority decision of 3 to 2. Accra Hearts of Oak SC is held to have been in violation of Article 39(8)(e) of the GFA General Regulations in respect of this matter by the club’s use of cheque to make part payment of a fine.
“The scoreline of the match shall be 3-0 in favour of Accra Great Olympics FC in accordance with Article 31 of the GFA Disciplinary Code.
“Full written opinions of the Disciplinary Committee to be delivered to parties on a later date.”
By the ruling, Accra Great Olympics leapfrog Tema Youth but will still be relegated to the Division One League. Now on 39, they miss a stay in the topflight by just one point.
On the other hand, Hearts of Oak also maintain their third place but end the 2016/17 GHPL with 45 points.