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OPINION: Hearts' pitch invasion - Where is the GFA's 'first word'?

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By Yaw Frempong Ampomah


Accra Hearts of Oak has issued an official apology for their fans' misconduct during last Sunday's (Week 10) encounter with Kumasi King Faisal where a perfectly normal game was marred by aggrieved sections of the home supporters who, aside pelting match officials and players alike with water satchets and other materials, invaded the pitch at the game's end to physically attack whoever might have contributed to their misery of watching their darling club drop vital points at home.

That notwithstanding, the club's communicators read out the official letter of remorse in one moment and in the next, without holding their breath, they attempt to justify their fans' act of lawlessness. Why apologize if you truly believed in your innocence?

How do you blame security officials and their supposed laxity for your misbehaviour? Agreed, a lapse might have let an entry gate opened but does that warrant a pitch invasion? How is entering and stealing from another's room justified by the victim's failure to lock up?

Members of the club's supporters leadership who have in various capacities represented the club on many media platforms within the last 48 hours have sought to downplay the actions of their fans with constant post-shifting counter allegations all in an attempt to water down justified calls for the FA to hand appropriate sanctions to the club.

Strangely, and in sharp contrast with the reaction of the FA and the media to kotoko fans' attack on Medeama SC's team bus last season, their silence on this latest exhibition of hooliganism which reportedly led to the manhandling of King Faisal officials including their CEO, is rather too loud considering that even before an official charge was proferred against Kotoko for an incidence that happened partly off the pitch and outside the stadium, the Baba Yara was closed down.

How is the Accra Sports Stadium incident any different from Kotoko's or Dwarfs supporters' hospitalization of Referee P.K. Kyeremanten? Well, in the absence of an initial action or word on the matter by the FA, as handed to Kotoko and Dwarfs in recent past, we wait patiently for their official response. The onus rests on the FA to prove their impartiality as precedents set by them exist for all to see.

 

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