The Ashanti derby could be postponed due to high security threats from fans and sympathizers of Ashanti Gold
Ghana Premier League game between AshantiGold and Asante Kotoko could be postponed, AshesGyamera.com’s sources have revealed.
The matchday 29 fixture of the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League season was slated to take place at the Len Clay Sports Stadium on Thursday but that game will likely not take place due to security concerns.
It will be recalled that Ashanti Gold were demoted to Division Two on Monday following their involvement in match fixing scandal together with Inter Allies.
The Miners were found guilty on several counts including match fixing and manipulations leading to a ten-year ban of the club president Kwaku Frimpong and eight year ban of chief executive officer Emmanuel Frimpong.
Although, the punishment will take effect from next season, our sources have revealed that fans of Ashanti Gold have threatened to deal with the players of the club for dragging the name of the club through mud.
A section of the fans are aggrieved to the extent that they are ready to go to the extreme and vent out their anger.
It is reported that some of the fans have even plotted to physically attack members of the top hierarchy of the club as well as destroy some of the properties owned by the club.
Therefore, the Municipal Police Commander of Obuasi, DSP Martin Assenso, is believed to have written a proposal to Ghana FA to postpone the game since it could lead to a serious blood bath in Obuasi.
“Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, President of Ashantigold SC was charged for breaching Article 27(1)(2) of the GFA Code of Ethics 2019; Article 18(1) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, 2019, and Article 34(5)(a)(b) of the GFA Premier League Regulations 2019,” a Ghana FA statement read.
“Emmanuel Frimpong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ashantigold SC was
charged for breaching Article 27(1)(2) of the GFA Code of Ethics 2019; Article 18(1) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019 and Article 34(5)(a)(b) of the GFA Premier League Regulations 2019.
“Article 34(5)(a) Premier League Regulations, 2019 states: “any GFA or club official or club, or player or participant of a match who instigates, commands counsels solicits, procures, or in any manner
purposely aids, facilitates, encourages or promotes the playing of a fixed match or a match of convenience involving his club or involving other clubs, the result of which may in one way or the other affect his club, commits a grievous offence and the offender shall be referred to the Disciplinary Committee for appropriate sanctions”.
“Article 34(5)(b) Premier League Regulations,2019, states:
“for the avoidance of doubt it shall be a misconduct for any club, club official or a player or any participant of a match to offer or to attempt to offer either directly or indirectly any consideration whatsoever to another club, or a player or to any match official, with a view to
influencing the results of any match for any club to play a match in a
non competitive spirit for the purpose of this rule the determination of the competitiveness or otherwise of a match shall be done by the GFA
Disciplinary Committee or Ethics Committee”.
“Article 18(1) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, 2019 states: “anyone who directly or indirectly by an act or omission unlawfully influences or manipulates the course, results or any other aspect of a
match or competition or conspires or attempts to do so by any means shall be sanctioned with a minimum 5 year ban on taking part in any football related activity as well as a fine of at least ghc100,000. In serious cases a longer ban period, including a potential lifetime ban on taking part in any football related activity shall be imposed”.
Article 27(1) of the GFA Code of Ethics, 2019 states:
“Persons bound by this Code shall not accept, give, offer, promise, receive, request or solicit any personal or undue pecuniary or other
advantage in order to obtain or retain business or any other improper
advantage to or from anyone within or outside GFA. Such acts are prohibited regardless of whether carried out directly or indirectly through, or in conjunction with, third parties. In particular, persons bound by this Code shall not accept, give, offer, promise, receive, request or solicit any personal or undue pecuniary or other advantage for the execution or omission of an act that is related to their official activities and is contrary to their duties or falls within their discretion”.
Article 27(2) of the GFA Code of Ethics, 2019 states:
“persons bound by this code shall refrain from any activity or behavior that might give rise to the appearance or suspicion of a breach of this article,” the statement added.
Ghana FA is yet to respond to the request by the security officials in Obuasi.