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Ghana FA ready to crack whip on dead referee's case

Published on: 11 March 2014
Deceased referee Kyei-Andoh

The Ghana FA say it will take serious action against perpetrators of physical assault visited on referee Kwame Andoh-Kyei who passed away on Friday.

The 21-year-old died days after suffering severe beatings while officiating in a third tier league match between Gold Stars and NaaJoe United in the Western Regional town of Bordie.

Kyei’s death brings into sharp focus the age-old cancer of assault on match officials which is very prevalent in the lower tiers of Ghana football.

The Ghana FA is however ready to descend heavily on perpetrators by inviting the criminal prosecutions.

The GFA however wants to gather all relevant facts on the case before taking action.

“We have spoken to the family of the deceased and expressed our deepest condolence,” Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie-Daara told Metro FM.

“This is an issue we will not take lightly at all but we await the doctor’s report and all vital information before we take action.

“No one has the right attack anybody, be it a normal person or a referee.

“The Ghana FA in recent times have made conscious efforts to rid the game off such unacceptable acts by punishing the clubs but I agree we must start prosecutions.

“But this goes beyond the powers of the Ghana FA and therefore we will invite the Police to take up this issue.”

Referee Andoh died on Friday – days after being assaulted while working as an assistant referee in the third tier league match in Bordie.


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