Hooliganism Mars Ghana Premier League Matches1 min read
Hooliganism has resurfaced as a pressing issue in Ghana Premier League, with multiple incidents reported over the weekend during round 6 matches.
These episodes have been met with disappointment, and there are increasing calls for sanctions against those responsible.
The most prominent case unfolded during Asante Kotoko’s 2-2 draw against local rivals Nations FC on Sunday. Irate Kotoko fans reacted to a controversial late penalty decision by vandalizing seats and hurling objects onto the field. This unruly behaviour disrupted the game for over 10 minutes and has been widely criticised.
Similar acts of hooliganism were reported in other venues. In Dawu, during the match between Dreams FC and Medeama, and in Dormaa, where Aduana FC fans reportedly threw stones, with one striking the Great Olympics goalkeeper. In Tamale, after Bofoakwa Tano’s 0-0 draw against Karela United, the players had to be escorted by the police, leaving the stadium in a police bus.
These incidents have overshadowed discussions about the league, and there is growing pressure on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to take action. As of now, the GFA has yet to release an official statement regarding these distressing events.