Kennedy Boakye-Ansah, Asante Kotoko Public Relations Officer has revealed that through their intermediary Ashford Tetteh-Oku, the team were eased off $45,000 from the $240,000 fine to the paid to Tunisian club Esperance.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko were supposed to pay $45,000 representing accrued interest from the $240,000 fine imposed on them by FIFA in the illegal transfer of Emmanuel Clottey from Esperance.
The fine by FIFA comprised $180,000 for the player’s transfer, $45,000 representing accrued interest and $15,000 for the failure to respect a FIFA decision.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko were given up to May 17 to settle the debt or face stricter sanctions from the world governing football body.
Speaking to Happy FM, Mr. Kennedy Boakye-Ansah said, “FIFA brought a final decision that If we don’t make payment by May 17 there will be stricter sanctions. On the 20 April, Kotoko sent an amount of $20,000 to Esperance and another $15,000 was sent to FIFA.”
“The case is between Kotoko and Esperance. A fine of $45,000 was also imposed on FIFA. Through Ashford Tetteh Oku we spoke to Esperance and they have written it off.
He added, “They (Esperance) were also owing us in the Kwame Bonsu transfer deal of $150,000 so we use it to offset the $180,000. Then we sent $30,000 to them. We have settled the case and communicated to FIFA.”