The Ghana Football Associations have handed a temporary home ban to Asante Kotoko following the barbaric scenes that occurred during the team’s match week three against Berekum Chelsea in the Ghana Premier League.
Kotoko suffered their first defeat at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday losing by a lone goal.
Supporters of the Porcupine Warriors were seen hurling missiles onto the pitch to show their displeasure at a refereeing decision taken by the centre referee, Charles Bulu.
The fans continued to express their displeasure after the game which led to one fan being shot by a police officer with a rubber bullet.
The fan, who has been identified as Augustine Opoku is currently getting treatment at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital while the officer who shot the fan has been interdicted by the Police Service.
However, the Ghana FA’s ban is rooted in Article 14 (2) of its regulations which talks about safety of match centres and the association says the ban is in place while it looks at a full determination of the matter.
Kotoko will be hosted by Medeama SC in the matchday four fixtures of the Ghana Premier League in Tarkwa.
Below is the statement from the Ghana FA:
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.
Adomonline.com | Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah