The Ashanti regional Chapters Committee chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak, Isshak Umar is calling on authorities to play soft, after a section of Hearts’ fans went haywire at the Kumasi Baba Yara Sports Stadium over the weekend, in the second leg encounter of the Taabea Super 2 clash involving Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
Asante Kotoko achieved a double over their bitterest rivals Hearts of Oak with another 2-0 victory at the Baba Yara stadium on Sunday, a repeat of the score line recorded at the same venue last weekend in the first leg encounter.
During the game, Asante Kotoko defender, Agyemang Badu had an encounter with Patrick Razak in the 18 yard box where the swift winger went down; as a result most Hearts’ fans who were expecting a penalty call were disappointed, when the referee waved play on. These irate fans took the law into their own hands and started destroying chairs, throwing water bottles, broken chairs and other “missiles” unto the field. About seven of them are have reportedly been arrested by the security agencies, and thus the Regional leader is pleading for clemency.
‘’Some aggrieved supporters felt the referee took certain decisions which did not go down well with them, so they started to protest by destroying some chairs and throwing water bottles. The Security Men present ensured their arrest. Some were beaten and about seven were arrested and marched to the Central Police Station and are still in custody’’, he said
‘’We have already condemned the act, as human beings, we must be able to reflect on past events and do the right thing, so am disappointed at what happened but as human as we are, I know by now those culpable would have shown some sign of remorse and based on that, I will plead with the authorities to tamper justice with mercy on their behave’’, he pleaded
“Been in police custody for a day or two is enough punishment for these supporters because that wouldn’t be a place they wish to be ordinarily. By now they know bigger sanctions await them, the next time they show such rowdy actions at any stadium again’’, he continued
A similar incident brought about the fateful May 9th incident, some 17 years ago when some aggrieved supporters of the two clubs were infuriated by decisions taken by the then officiating officials, and decided to take the laws into their own hands.