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Kotoko in danger of losing boardroom points to blow title challenge wide open following alleged attacks on referee

Published on: 27 March 2014
Asante Kotoko risk losing boardroom points

By Ameenu Shardow

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Asante Kotoko risk losing points in the boardroom to further blow the title challenge wide open following alleged attacks on referee E.R Biney in the 1-0 defeat to Heart of Lions on Wednesday.

Referee Biney needed heavy police escort to escape the wrath of charged Kotoko fans to leave the Baba Yara Stadium.

The Kotoko fans claim they were robbed off a victory in their own backyard with an awarded penalty to Hearts of Lions which eventually won the game for the visitors.

There are even allegations of top Kotoko officials inciting the irate crowd to attack the referee after the game on Wednesday.

With the Ghana FA taking a simile ruthless stance on attacks on match officials following the death of young referee Kwame Kyei Andoh, the champions whose lead at the top of the Ghanaian top flight was cut to eight with the defeat risk losing more points on disciplinary grounds to blow the title challenge widely open.

“You cannot say that Kotoko has won the league. They could be sanctioned by way of deduction of points if they misbehave and that could bring their accumulated points build up down,” Ghana FA’s Premier League Board chairman Welbeck Abra-Appiah told GFA TV a fortnight ago.

“I am not saying that is what will happen but if it does then the Ghana FA and the PLB will not shy away from issuing the appropriate sanctions.”

The champions began their title defence this season with a ban away from their home grounds due to a similar situation last season.

The Ghana FA could however be tempted to dish out much harsher sanctions – including points deductions – to bite harder due to the recent attacks on match officials and the wider call for stiffer sanctions.

If this is done, Kotoko’s eight point lead at the top of the Ghana Premier League could be further reduced to give closest rivals Hearts of Oak an opportunity to draw closer with just eight matches left to go.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • kassbak says:
    March 27, 2014 12:39 pm
    Am not a kotoko fan. But this is nonsense
  • gyasi mensah says:
    March 27, 2014 12:35 pm
    CONSPIRACY!!! when was the last time points were deducted from a club's accumulated points for"misbehaving" or no club has misbehaved over the past decades ? Massa, those E.T's days are over looong time ago ooo. Very laughable!!
  • nonsense says:
    March 27, 2014 01:03 pm
    this is nonsense from whoever wrote this piece and also laughable. we all started the league at the same time. if you want your team to win the league tell them to play good football not kotoko points. nonsense again
  • Kee says:
    March 27, 2014 01:52 pm
    This nonsense is from Hearts and their supporters. Let's see anybody take points from Kotoko. When Mohammed Polo and Hearts supporters attacked a referee, that was okay. We'll, boardroom points will not help you. Hearts' days of winning the league are over.
  • amzy says:
    March 27, 2014 02:59 pm
    kee or what ever you call your name , you are very stupid guy , why are you mentioning hearts name here , **** you and tell your supporters to learn very well , nkwasia fourrr team
  • kelly says:
    March 27, 2014 04:00 pm
    l hv read the news well and l have come to a conclusion. its simple dickhead news. when was the last time a teams points was deducted in this act. even abusua dwarfs whose used a refrees testicles as a drum were not deducted such points. pls come again with a different issue
  • Gideon says:
    March 27, 2014 07:33 pm
    I don't really think deduction of point is what matters but they should rather band them from playing @ their home grounds to avoid some unpardonable words and insults.
  • Tome says:
    March 27, 2014 08:17 pm
    Mr journalist, quote the relevant law to support your story otherwise it lacks any merit. Even when it was established that Kotoko attacked Medeama last season the team was banned from Kumasi. we all know the rules. Mr journalist.