By John Kwesi Arthur
Football Writer, kick442.com-Ghana
Lawyer Sarfo Duku has denied Emmanuel Clottey’s claim that Asante Kotoko tried to pay him for out of court settlement in his case against the club.
There are media reports that Asante Kotoko wanted to compensate Emmanuel Clottey with GHC30,000 so he withdraws the court case but he rejected the offer.
Reacting to this on Kumasi FM, Lawyer Sarfo Duku who was the legal representative for Asante in the case said, the level of Clottey in the case was low. He was rather pushing for out of court settlement.
“I do not want to say Emmanuel Clottey is unwise, it sounds too strong but his level of appreciation of certain things is very low.
“I had always maintained Emmanuel Clottey has no case in his suit against us, how would I turn to bribe him for an out of court settlement? Sometimes after sessions at the courtroom, he will jovially tell us to get him some amount of money for an out of court settlement. In a few times I had to give him transportation fees back home.
“Before I joined Kotoko, I understand Dr. Kwame Kyei tried engaging him for a mutual understanding in settling the issue rather than resorting to the law court. In one of my conversations with him I asked his demands for an out of court settlement and he requested for GHC100,000. He kept pressuring me to talk to Dr. Kwame Kyei for a token so the case will be brought out of court but I insisted Kotoko had a fine case to continue in court after he had rejected our earlier plea. We never approached him with any amount of money.
“Emmanuel Clottey from the beginning was ignorant of his own case and misled his lawyers. He didn’t understand the ruling from FIFA.
The court had sympathy for him until we tendered in excess of twenty-three (23) documents, the court got a fair idea of the case afterward.
“Clottey is a fine player but lacks understanding in his own field, his age does not correspond with his intelligence”. Lawyer Sarfo Duku concluded.
Accra High Court Financial Division Two dismissed a suit by the player, Emmanuel Clottey asking it to compel Kotoko to pay his wages following his suspension by world football governing body, FIFA.
The court also ordered the player to pay GHC 5,000.
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