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GFA bans Kotoko from Baba Yara stadium

Source The Ghana Report/Sefanam Agbobli

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has banned Kumasi Asante Kotoko from the Baba Yara Sports stadium.

This comes after violence erupted at the stadium over the weekend when the team lost to Berekum Chelsea.

The chaos which marred the match led to a fan losing his right eye after he was shot by police.

The victim who is yet to be identified is currently on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) receiving treatment.

Meanwhile police hierarchy in the Ashanti region has interdicted its officer who fired the rubber bullet.

A statement announcing the sanctions on Kotoko said: “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,” it added.

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.

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