Berekum’s Golden City have been banned temporary by the Normalization Committee for security reasons. Berekum FC would be given a new home to play the rest of their home matches in the NC Special Cup.
This came about as a result of the violence that erupted in the NC Special Cup match between Berekum FC and Asante Kotoko on Sunday.
Dr. Amoo Sarpong, the Operational manager of Kumasi Asante Kotoko was beaten and sustained head injury during the scuffle when he had also pulled a pistol from his car to give a warning shot.
A statement on the official website of the GFA condemns the act :
“We have learnt with horror that following a confrontation between opposing supporters and officials, gunshots were fired as well as brutal acts of violence and hooliganism.
While expressing our commiserations to the injured officials and supporters, the N.C would like to state in no uncertain terms that it is totally against the carrying, wielding or use of weapons at any venue before, during or after football matches.
Again, the NC emphatically condemns any provocation, abuse, threats or intimidation; be it verbal or physical towards players, team/ match officials and media and takes such attacks very seriously.
The NC would like to assure the general public that we will liaise with the police in their criminal investigations to reach conclusive findings and ensure appropriate sanctions are meted out to the perpetrator(s).”
This follows a first one which was given to Aduana’s Agyeman Badu park in Dormaa on Thursday.
A member of Medeama FC’s Technical team also sustained a head injury at the Dormaa Park where the away team and the match officials were held hostage for more than one hour after the game by angry fans.