GFA condemns acts of lawlessness at match venues; warns club officials
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) in a release, has condemned several acts of violence and misconduct that happened at league centres in the past round of games in the BetPawa Premier League.
The statement comes in the wake of widespread reports of misconduct including the Dr. Kwame Kyei Sports Complex in Kumasi and the Aliu Mahama Stadium in Tamale.
The likes of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Karela United, Bofoakwa Tano, Nations FC, Aduana Stars and Accra Great Olympics were reportedly involved in these altercations.
“Following the Match Reports from all match venues, the GFA wishes to assure the sporting public that there will be a strong action from the appropriate organs of the GFA against culprits in accordance with the GFA Disciplinary Code and relevant Competition Regulations” the statement communicated.
Alleged fans of Kotoko ripped seats and flew them on to the pitch after Nations FC scored a late goal from the penalty spot to tie the game 2-2.
Bofoakwa alleged their lives were under threat after playing out a goalless draw in Tamale against Karela United. Scroll down to read full statement from the GFA.
Read full statement below:
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) strongly condemns acts of violence and misconduct that occurred at some match venues during the Premier League Matchday 6 games.
Following the Match Reports from all match venues, the GFA wishes to assure the sporting public that there will be a strong action from the appropriate organs of the GFA against culprits in accordance with the GFA Disciplinary Code and relevant Competition Regulations.
The sporting judicial proceedings and its sanctions regime will be strictly enforced.
Clubs, team officials, and supporters are hereby reminded of their responsibilities and duties to exhibit behaviours of respect, fairplay, and tolerance before, during, and after all football matches at all times.
Clubs are urged and encouraged to join the Association in the quest to further educate all stakeholders, including club supporters on the provisions of the Disciplinary Code and the sanctions their misconduct pose to the clubs. Supporters are further reminded that there are processes for redress for all issues, which they should allow the management of their clubs to pursue officially.
The Association wishes to commend the security services for their professionalism, protection, and patience during the incidents.
The Association further assures the security services of cooperation to effect arrest of persons who violate national laws at games and take them through the criminal justice system.