Rodney Michael granted High Court injunction
DECEMBER 18, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.
The founder and owner of the Edmond Michael Football Foundation has secured a High Court injunction to clear his name in a civil court over accusation by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) of his alleged involvement in a match-fixing scam.
Former SLFA presidential aspirant Rodney Michael, who was disqualified from the August 3, 2013 race due to his role as consultant for the sports betting company, Mercury International, hopes to prove his innocence in a court of law.
Michael’s legal team which is headed by Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai – also Secretary General of the Old Edwardians Football Club – has confirmed news of the injunction.
Lawyer Abdulai said: “The court has granted an injunction against the suspension [of Rodney Michael] without a hearing. The right denied him to respond to the charges has been put on hold by the injunction until the court listens to arguments from both parties.”
Michael, who is currently in the UK, said he was not the least worried about the FA’s allegation because “there is a hidden motive behind it”.
He said: “The FA considers me as an opposition and as such would want to tarnish my image and destroy my reputation I have worked so hard to maintain for the past 28 years in football.”
He said his legal team now handling the matter has also made his feelings known to FIFA as the matter has also been referred to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for further investigation.
Michael, alongside 14 others including players and referees, were suspended by the SLFA on allegation of match-fixing.