The true character of league leaders, Medeama Sporting Club, and champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko will be put to a severe test on Sunday when the two tough customers battle for supremacy in a sixth week Glo Premier League thriller at Tarkwa.
British police tried to blame soccer fans to cover up mistakes that contributed to the deaths of 96 supporters who were crushed at a stadium in 1989, according to secret documents released yesterday following a lengthy campaign by families of the victims
Prime Minister David Cameron apologised for Britain's worst sports disaster and said the country had been shamed by its failure for more than 20 years to disclose the errors that helped lead to the death of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough stadium, most of whom were crushed and suffocated in a standing-room-only section.
A government-appointed panel that reviewed the papers confirmed failures by police led directly to the disaster and that some injured fans were denied medical treatment that could have saved their lives, he said.
Police officers herded around 2,000 Liverpool fans into caged-in enclosures that were already full during an FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989, at the stadium in Sheffield, central England.
No individual or organisation has ever faced charges in connection with the disaster.
Cameron said that evidence contained in 400,000 pages of previously undisclosed papers turned over to the families of the dead yesterday detailed sophisticated attempts by police to turn the blame for the disaster onto the victims and to sully their reputations by insinuating that many were drunken, and had histories of violence or criminality.
''New evidence that we are presented with today makes clear that these families have suffered a double injustice,'' Cameron told the House of Commons. ''The injustice of the appalling events, the failure of the state to protect their loved ones and the indefensible wait to get to the truth, and the injustice of the denigration of the deceased -- that they were somehow at fault for their own deaths.''
''On behalf of the government -- and indeed our country -- I am profoundly sorry for this double injustice that has been left uncorrected for so long,'' he told legislators, many of whom gasped audibly or wept as Cameron discussed details of failures by British authorities.
Though a report by the panel said it was not possible to say conclusively whether a better response from emergency services could have saved specific individuals, panel member Dr. Bill Kirkup told reporters that 41 fans had the ''potential to survive.''
Cameron said that Attorney General Dominic Grieve would review the evidence and likely apply to Britain's High Court to overturn the verdict of an original inquest hearing and order a new hearing. An inquest jury ruled in 1991 that the deaths were accidental, but criticised the local South Yorkshire Police for its actions.
The response to the Hillsborough disaster transformed British sports, bringing the introduction of all-seated soccer stadiums for elite clubs. In turn, that helped the clubs to drive out the remnants of hooliganism that had long tainted British soccer and heralded a shift in the demographics of sports fans, as improved stadium safety meant more families and women attended matches. --AP