Kotoko face five home games behind close doors after GFA charges them on four counts

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The Porcupine Warriors will likely play their next home game in an empty stadium

Ghana Football Association has reacted to the unfortunate incident that happened when Asante Kotoko lost 1-0 at home to Berekum Chelsea on matchday.

After the defeat, Kotoko supporters charged on referee Charles Bulu leading to chaos and a supporter lost one of his eyes in the process.

“In accordance with Article 34 (7) of the GFA Premier League Regulations (newly introduced provision in 2020), the GFA Prosecutor has proposed the following sanctions:

Should Asante Kotoko SC accept their guilt, Asante Kotoko SC shall play five (5) home matches behind closed doors at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium and a find of GH¢10,000.00,” a GFA statement read.

“Asante Kotoko SC has within two days to either accept the charge and immediately comply with the sanction (s) and that will end this matter or otherwise proceed to submit your Statement of Defence as prescribed below.

“In case Kotoko SC decides to proceed to the Disciplinary Committee, should the prosecution be successful at the Disciplinary Committee, the Prosecution shall pray the Disciplinary Committee for the imposition of the maximum sanction(s) as set out by the GFA Statutes, Disciplinary Code and Regulations.
“The Prosecution intends to rely on the evidence in the reports of the Referee, the Match Commissioner, any witness(es) and video of the match.

“Asante Kotoko are to submit a written response to the charges by close of work, Friday, January 17, 2020 on or before 5pm at the GFA Secretariat or through email address to the Disciplinary Committee, [email protected] failing which the Disciplinary Committee shall proceed to adjudicate the case without a Statement of Defence.

“Should this matter proceed to the Disciplinary Committee, it will hear the case on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 5:05pm at the GFA Secretariat if the Club is present or not.”

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