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Ghana FA issues statement on Nus saga

10:32 PM IST 26/03/17
Gerard Nus
The football governing body has denied deliberately frustrating the Spaniard following a seven-week protest

The Ghana Football Association has given its account of events which prevented Spanish coach Gerard Nus from leaving Accra for Europe on Saturday.

Following a sit-in protest over unpaid allowances, Nus, one of Ghana's assistants at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, was finally paid on Saturday - seven weeks after the tournament.

The 32-year-old accused the GFA of "playing a dirty card" to frustrated him, culminating in him missing his scheduled flight back to Spain.

"The Ghana Football Association (GFA) finally managed to raise the funds to the pay Black Stars assistant video analyst Gerard Nus all his outstanding bonuses on Saturday," a statement read on Sunday.

"The move to find the money to pay him on a weekend is the intrinsic desire by the GFA to see him paid so he can return to his family in Spain as soon as possible.

"The GFA also provided Mr Nus with the air ticket to ensure that he leaves on Saturday night.

"However, when the hotel asked him to pay for the extra expenses he had incurred outside the agreed expenses to be paid by the GFA for his stay at the hotel, Mr Nus refused.

"The GFA paid for his food and accommodation during his stay while expenses like the use of the mini-bar, telephone, pay television and laundry must be paid by the individual.

"As clearly stipulated in the Black Stars’ Code of Conduct, all extra expenses incurred while staying at a hotel under the auspices of the team must be paid by the individual on check out.

"On Thursday, during a meeting with GFA officials, he was reminded that he will pay for all the extra expenses he made during his stay at the hotel.

"Mr Nus even pleaded that the GFA should pay his extra expenses but was told that it is impossible."

Nus was one of two men brought in on the request of then Black Stars coach Avram Grant for the Afcon. Fitness coach Jamie Lawrence was the other man.

"When hotel officials asked him to pay his extra expenses when checking out on Saturday night, he descended into frenzy by causing disorder and verbally assaulting hotel staff and security while causing discomfort for other guests in the hotel.

"The hotel insisted that they won't allow him to leave until he settles his bills.

"While Nus was engaged in the kerfuffle with hotel officials, a GFA officer reminded him that he will pay the penalty if he fails to show up for his flight back home.

"Despite these warnings, Nus refused to pay to hotel for his extra expenses which resulted in him missing the flight.

"The GFA will continue to impress upon Mr Nus to find an amicable solution by him paying the hotel for the extra bills he incurred while reminding him that he will pay the penalty fee for missing the flight."

Nus, a former Liverpool backroom staffer, was also a member of Ghana's technical team at the 2015 Afcon in Equatorial Guinea.