(Ashante Kotoko starting eleven)

The Ghana Premier League matchday three had a lot of drama unfolded in Kumasi Baba Yara Stadium as the home side’s lost to Berekum Chelsea was worsen by a violent incidence at the stadium.

The host Kumasi Ashanti Kotoko conceded an early goal in the 5th minute to visitors Berekum Chelsea in their second home game in the league this season and the goal was enough for the visitors to secure all three points.

The lost was deepened by violent incidence which happened between the police guards and home fans when a Kotoko defender was sent off after a second booking.

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Empem Dacosta was shown a second yellow card and given the marching order in the 84th minute for intentionally stepping on the foot of Berekum Chelsea’s player. The booking did not go down well with the home fans as they believe the referee had mistaken Empem for another Kototo player who should have been booked instead.

The home fans started throwing water sachets and bottles onto the pitch while some tried to enter the playing field by climbing over the fence around the pitch. The game halted for minutes to cool tensions down.

After the game, the home fans tried to attack referee Charles Bulu and his assistants who were heavily guarded by the police.

The disturbance which had protracted forced the police to intervene by firing shots at the crowd.

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According to eyewitnesses, one supporter was given a direct shot by one of the police personnel using a rubber bullet. The wounded supporter was transported to the hospital in a police ambulance.

Though the GFA has condemned the incident, many are looking forward to an immediate punishment for the home team as they believe it is too early for such violent actions to be witnessed in the league.

 

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