The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has handed Asante Kotoko S.C a temporal ban from using the Baba Yara Stadium as their home grounds in the ongoing Ghana Premier League.
The Executive Committee of the GFA made this declaration lastnight following the unfortunate incident which happened last Sunday at the said venue when Asante Kotoko hosted Berekum Chelsea in matchweek three of the premier league. It finished 1-0 in favour of the Blues.
Following the club’s defeat, some section of the Kotoko faithfuls rushed to the dressing room exit to attack match referee Charles Bulu since they believed he cheated them following a red card incident which occurred in the game. The angry fans first expressed their displeasure when the game was ongoing by throwing bottles and sachets of water on the pitch.
The policemen present decided to intervene in order to help escort the match officials from the stadium and also protect them from the angry Kotoko supporters. All this while, the booing and throwing of items was still ongoing until one of the police fired rubber bullets into the crowded fans which went straight into the face of one of the Kotoko fans who has been reported to be alive and not dead as speculated earlier.
The Ghana Football Association issued a statement last night stating they have handed Kotoko a ban from using the Baba Yara Stadium. They wrote;
“Following incidents at the Baba Yara Stadium during Asante Kotoko’s Premier League match with Berekum Chelsea on Sunday, the GFA Executive Council has decided to temporarily ban Asante Kotoko from playing its matches at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium pending the adjudication of the matter by the GFA Disciplinary Committee.
”The GFA Executive Council at its meeting on Monday, January 13, 2020, decided to trigger the provision of Article 14(2) of the GFA Premier League Regulations.
”Article 14 (2) of the GFA Premier League Regulations states that: “the GFA may order the closure of any league centre/venue where the safety of clubs, match officials and/or spectators cannot be guaranteed.
”The GFA Prosecutor shall prefer charges against any person/party found to have breached any provision of the GFA Regulations or Disciplinary Code.”
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim