GFA to punish club, officials found culpable in shooting incident

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) says it would sanction any club or official found culpable in the shooting incident that marred the match between Kotoko and Brekum Chelsea on Sunday.

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

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

The FA added that it 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”.

GFA further noted that it has its own inquest into the incident from the designated matchday officials “to find out the exact cause of the unfortunate incidents”.

To the police, the GFA admonished it “to also conduct thorough investigation, especially on the alleged shooting incident”.

The GFA served notice of upholding 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”.
Supporters of Kotoko on Sunday staged a protest against referee Charles Bulu for the lone goal scored by Kofi Owusu.

They had also thrown objects onto the field when the seventh-minute goal was allowed.

Following this, there was a clash between them and the police, a situation that led to the shooting incident.

A fan was hit and is said to be responding to treatment at the hospital.

In a tweet, Kotoko said: ”The victim of this afternoon’s shooting incident at the Baba Yara Stadium is currently stable and responding to treatment at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.

We are following the development and would be updating our followers.”

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal