Referee Okine blasts 'illiterate' Kotoko supporters after Medeama match violence
By Patrick Akoto
Referee Silas Okine has launched a blistering attack on Kotoko supporters likening them to ‘illiterates’ who lack the understanding of the game.
Okine came under fire from irate fans of the club following their barren draw against Medeama in the race for the Premier League title on Wednesday.
Kotoko failed to spark against the Mauves and Yellows but the fans turned their attention on the match officials for alleged bias officiating.
Okine and his assistants had to wait for about five minutes on the pitch after fans started throwing plastic bottles at them, prompting the Police to be on guard.
With the situation worsening, Okine and his assistants ran with blistering speed like ‘Sprint King Usain Bolt’ into the tunnel and to their changing room.
The Accra-based referee has taken a swipe at the behavior of the supporters whom he has accused of displaying ignorance.
“They claim both Kotoko and Medeama had penalties which I gonored. Why didn’t the Medeama people throw missiles at me? If you think a referee has cheated you, why is there the need for a review committee? Okine asked on Fox FM
“Why did the GFA establish the review committee? At least referees have been suspended and all that and so if you feel cheated, what do you do?
“The supporters behaved like illiterates. I have a family. People also depend on me and so if you say a referee has robbed you and you pounced on him and kill him, what do you gain?
“Yes I was afraid of my life because people depend on me. I have a family I’m taken care off.
“I have an ambition in life and haven’t gotten anywhere yet. At the moment I’m doing my masters (MBA) programme.
“I am not just passing through the school; I want to make sure the school passes through me. I will not behave like those who are going to school but will not behave as such.
He added: I’m a human being. I make mistakes. Who doesn’t make mistakes? I am a human being. I’m not Jesus Christ. I am not God. Even computers make mistakes.
“I can make mistakes but as much as possible I make sure they are minimal which will not affect the state of the game.”
Kotoko are likely to incur the wrath of the Ghana FA who are expected to come down on heavy on them for their riotous behaviour.