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TRAGEDY: Ghanaian referee dies days after suffering severe beating in third tier league

Published on: 09 March 2014
Young Ghanaian referee dies at 21

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Young referee Kyei Andoh has died days after being assaulted while officiating a lower division game in Ghana – opening w whole new chapter of crowd violence in the local game.

The 21-year-old was said to have suffered severe beatings while refereeing a third tier match between Bordie-based Gold Stars and Naajoe United.

Referee Kyei Andoh was physically assaulted by the home fans [fans of Gold Stars] during and after the game played last Sunday in the Western Region.

He did not seek medical care - believed to have led to his untimely death a few days later.

"My brother had told us he was going to officiate a match and when he returned he told us of an incident that occurred in the match," the deceased older brother Kweku Andoh Kyei narrated to Accra-based Asempa FM.

"That the home team assaulted him of the sort.

"He was even joking about the issue that one guy gave him a slap while others manhandled him.

"And then on Friday I was called and told that my brother was vomiting blood and had fainted.

"I was later called only to be told that he has passed away."

The sad development is expected to spark a massive inquiry in the pursuit of justice for the deceased who will be buried next weekend.

The Ghana FA must take keen interest in this case and apply the necessary sanctions to Gold Stars for the role their fans played in the death of the young referee.

The unfortunate death serves a devastating blow to efforts being made by all quarters to enhance the quality of local matches in Ghana.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • sulemana firdaus says:
    March 09, 2014 01:13 pm
    it is a very big shame for ghanaian soccer,i think the ghana fa must take this serious and band them for five years and also fan them to pay a big amount to the dead person relative becuase what they did is not easy taking someone's life becuase of football.Also send them back to lower division in ghana soccer.Thank you.
  • Lord Dennings says:
    March 09, 2014 01:28 pm
    This is quiet unfortunate
  • allese says:
    March 09, 2014 02:46 pm
    The home team must be ban for life to serve as a lesson to others,,,,,
  • zambian heart says:
    March 09, 2014 03:15 pm
    Ghana is a disgrace to world football, I wonder what you skunk are doing in that your shit hole you a called a country, the last tym it was reported you buried a life cow in your stadium (juju), let me see how your juju will work against germany and portugal at the wc.
  • KiSy says:
    March 09, 2014 04:45 pm
    Chai! A nigayarian pretending to be Zambian. Is that how ashamed u are of ur country. Anyway, I don't blame u; after what boko haram is doing to u guys.............
  • Kelly says:
    March 09, 2014 06:27 pm
    Kisy what's ur broblem, who told u dat guy is a Nigerian big fool
  • Kelly says:
    March 09, 2014 06:33 pm
    Kisy what's ur problem, who told u dat cazbiam heart is a Nigerian big fool