The World football governing body, FIFA has officially closed the case involving Asante Kotoko and Esperance de Tunis over the illegitimate signing of Emmanuel Clottey.
This comes in after the Tunisia club confirmed settlement agreement reached between the two clubs on April 24, 2020.
Asante Kotoko were fined $240,000 by FIFA disciplinary committee for the illegal signing of Emmanuel Clottey in 2015. The Porcupine Warriors were given a deadline to make payment or else face a transfer ban.
Asante Kotoko on April 24 confirmed they’ve made an agreement with Esperance. Kotoko who were expecting $150,000 from Esperance as transfer fee for Kwame Bonsu struck the difference between the two figures.
With $90,000 left to settle, Kotoko paid $30,000 to Esperance and also settled a $15,000 legal fees to FIFA while the remaining $45,000 was waived by Esperance.
According to graphic.com.gh, A letter of confirmation was sent to Mr. Ashford Tettey-Oku, CEO of CLOSEmarking CONSULT (Kotoko’s representative), by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee Secretariat last Monday.
“We would like to inform the parties that the present disciplinary proceedings against the club Asante Kotoko FC are hereby closed since the parties settled their dispute.”
“In this sense, we take due note from the content of the aforementioned correspondence that the club Esperance Sportive de Tunis confirms having concluded a settlement agreement with the club Asante Kotoko FC on April 24, 2020.
“Where as the two parties mutually and amicably agreed to settle all the issues or matters between them by signing this settlement agreement.
“In this sense, we take note from the content of the relevant settlement agreement that the club Esperance Sportive de Tunis and the club Asante Kotoko FC have settled their dispute, in relation to the decision passed by the Dispute Resolution Chamber on June 11, 2015.”
Closure of case: “In view of the foregoing, and in line with circular no.1628 of May 9, 2018, we would like to inform the parties that the present disciplinary proceedings against the club Asante Kotoko FC are hereby closed since the parties settled their dispute,” it stressed.
Management of Asante Kotoko in a signed statement thanked Mr. Ashford Tettey-Oku for facilitating the signing of a settlement agreement between the two clubs.
“We are particularly grateful to you, Mr Ashford Tettey Oku, for the role you played which ensured the peaceful and amicable settlement between our club and Esperance Sportive de Tunis.”
“We are eternally grateful to you and assure you of a future cooperation between you and Asante Kotoko SC,” the statement concluded.