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GFA: Clubs ‘weak’ without gate revenues

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has has reiterated the need for football fans to return to the stadium, indicating that participating teams in the League are not strong without the gate revenues.

With the insurgence of Covid-19, Premier League fixtures have had to be played under closed doors, with fans banned from attending games, temporarily, as part of the safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.

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But while the GFA recognizes that such ban is needed, it has indicated that government would have to consider lifting the ban to help clubs have a better source of revenue through gate proceeds.

“We have engaged the sector ministry and still we are speaking with the government to allow fans into the various stadia and we hope government will accept our proposal,” GFA communications director Henry Asante Twum told Kessben FM.

“I have been to various venues this year and the number of people I see behind the gates is overwhelming, knowing very well there’s a ban by the government.

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“What I’m saying is, nobody is happy playing the games behind closed doors, even economically and financially, it’s taking a lot from these clubs.

“Our industry is not so strong to do without gate revenues, our clubs rely heavily on the gate proceeds so playing behind closed doors is hectic for the clubs.”

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Week 7 of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season is set to continue tomorrow and the clubs will be hoping that fans will be allowed to return to the stadium in the new year.

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