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Asante Kotoko accepts GFA sanctions

By Vincent Ashitey
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Asante Kotoko SC has accepted the sanctions handed to them by the Ghana Football Association after Sunday's incident.

The Porcupines suffered a 1-0 home loss to Berekum Chelsea on Sunday which was marred by crowd violence that saw a fan been hit by a bullet by the Police.

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In view of this, the GFA on Wednesday fined Kotoko fined GH¢10,000, ordered them to play 5 matches behind closed doors

Portions of the statement read : Asante Kotoko SC has been charged on four counts of misconduct in respect of their Ghana Premier League Day 3 match against Berekum Chelsea at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

In accordance with Article 34 (7) of the GFA Premier League Regulations (newly introduced provision in 2020), the GFA Prosecutor has proposed the following sanctions:

  1. Should Asante Kotoko SC accept their guilt, Asante Kotoko SC shall play five (5) home matches behind closed doors at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium and a fine of GH¢10,000.00
  2. Asante Kotoko SC has within two days to either accept the charge and immediately comply with the sanction (s) and that will end this matter or otherwise proceed to submit your Statement of Defence as prescribed below.

However, Kotoko CEO George Amoako said the club will not proceed on the option of going to the Disciplinary Committee but will plead with the GFA to reduce the sanctions.

"At this stage if you read the chat you could see it is within the law, we can only plead for mitigation of the sanctions, for 5 five matches to be played behind closed doors is difficult and we can only plead for mitigation of the sanctions,'' he told Kumasi based Fox FM.

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