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GFA releases statement over the horrific incident in Kumasi yesterday

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) issued a statement last night following the unfortunate and horrific incident which occurred yesterday at the Baba Yara Stadium after the game between Asante Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea.

The Blues ended up victorious after narrowly running out with all three points kind courtesy a first half goal from former Ghana Premier league top scorer, Kofi Owusu.

Some section of the Kotoko fans couldn’t bear the defeat after the game and decided to attack centre referee Charles Bulu whom they believed came to cheat them after mistakingly issuing a second yellow card to Empem Dacosta instead of a certain Adom Frimpong. The card shown saw the centre-back leaving the pitch after he got booked already in the game.

This triggered the anger in most of the Kotoko fans who were present at the stadium yesterday and decided to throw in objects onto the pitch to distract play. That is to express their displeasure over the referee’s performance.

It didn’t just end from there as some of the Kotoko fans decided to chase the referee after the game and that led to a gun shoot from one of the policemen which went straight to one of the Kotoko fans. He was rushed to the hospital immediately. It was been speculated the fan is dead but the Kotoko management quashed those reports and stated the victim is still alive.

Following this unfortunate and horrific eye seeing at the Baba Yara Stadium, the Ghana Football Association last night released a statement on what happened, they wrote;

”The Ghana Football Association has learnt with extreme disappointment the unfortunate incidents at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi during the Ghana Premier League match between Asante Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea on Sunday.

”We are saddened by reports of injuries to football fans and the hospitalization of a fan, following an alleged gun shooting incident.

”Our profound sympathy goes to the injured, and we pray for speedy recovery.

”The Ghana Football Association takes a dim view of violence at all league centres across the country and totally condemns what may have precipitated the unfortunate development at the Baba Yara Stadium.

”While we conduct our own inquest from our designated matchday officials to find out the exact cause of the unfortunate incidents, we call on the Police Service to also conduct thorough investigation, especially on the alleged shooting incident.

”The GFA wishes to assure the general public that it has zero tolerance for violence, and in accordance with our regulations, will deal ruthlessly with any official or club that is found to have breached our GFA Regulations and GFA Disciplinary Code.

”Once again, we wish the injured speedy recovery.”

By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim

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