GFA ban Kotoko from Baba Yara Stadium

Author: Peter Sarbah
Baba Yara Stadium
Baba Yara Stadium

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has temporarily ban Kumasi Asante Kotoko from playing their home games at the Baba Yara Stadium.

The ban which takes immediate effect is as a result of an act of hooliganism displayed by some fans of the club when the Porcupine Warriors lost 0-1 to Berekum Chelsea during their league game at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday.

Fans were reported to have thrown missiles onto the pitch halting the game for more than eight minutes following what they believed to be a wrong red car showed to Ampem Darko

The fans were enraged by referee Charles Bulu’s decision to flash a second yellow card at Darko following an-off-the-ball incident when they believed the main culprit was Kwame Adom Frimpong.

It is unclear how many matches the Kumasi-based club would have to play outside their home grounds but a statement by the GFA said the ban will be pending until the “adjudication of the matter by the GFA Disciplinary Committee”.

The GFA said the ban was in fulfillment of article 14 of their statute  and subsequently warned to deal decisively with any person or group of persons who breached any statute of the association.

“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”, the statement said.