Tuesday Apr 10, 2018. 14:00
Botswana Premier League (BPL) giants Gaborone United have dismissed reports stating that the club has been fined P400,000 ($39,000) by world football’s governing body, FIFA.
Reports coming out of Botswana have indicated that former GU player Bismarck Appiah put a claim of 39,000,00 $ as far as 2016, and a subsequent default judgement was given by FIFA to pay the player by 3rd April 2018.
GU have since released the following statement:
A club statement read: “Gaborone United wishes to reject sensational newspaper reports peddled by a coterie of media houses that the club had been fined an amount of P400,000 by FIFA.”
“This is sheer lack of knowledge and ability to deduce facts from fake news. FIFA has never fined or penalized Gaborone United.“
“The truth is that our former player Bismarck Appiah put a claim of 39,000,00 $ as far as 2016, and a subsequent default judgement was given by FIFA to pay the player by 3rd April 2018.”
“The club board met and consulted club lawyers and wrote back to FIFA arguing for further timeframe of 3-6 months within which to pay Appiah.”
“The FIFA that met and fined GU is not the FIFA under which we play. We are not aware of that FiFa. We take this matter seriously and we await FIFA to respond accordingly in a week.
“We wish to warn our supporters to desist from taking fake news as real news. The club wishes to inform the media and all that we shall not comment further on this subject, they should treat this as the absolute and ultimate real news in relation to Appiah matter.”