The GFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed an GH¢800.00 fine on Kotoku Royals in relation to their GN Bank Division One League match against Amidaus Professionals at Akim Oda.
3. Prosper Harrison Addo, Esq. – Chairman
4. Godfred Yeboah Dame, Esq. – Vice-Chairman
3. W.O.1 J.W. Amoo – Member
4. Godsway Glah – Member
Emmanuel Newton Dasoberi – Secretary
Raphael Tottimeh – GFA Prosecutor
Kotoku Royals FC was charged with two counts of misconduct with regards to the GN Bank Division One League match between Kotoku Royals FC and Amidaus Professionals FC played at Akyem Oda.
On the first count, it was alleged that on or about the 83rd minute of the match, Kotoku Royal FC failed to control the club’s supporters when they threw stones and other objects into the inner perimeter and at Assistant Referee One in violation of the Articles 35(1)(a), 35(3)(b), 35(3)(c) and 35(10) of the GFA General Regulations.
On the second count, it was alleged that that immediately the match ended, Kotoku Royal FC failed to control the club’s supporters and officials when they verbally abused and also attempted to assault match officials holding them hostage on the field of play contrary to the stipulations of the Articles 52, 58 and 59 of the Disciplinary Code and Articles 35(3)(b), 35(4), 35(7)(d) and 35(10) of the GFA General Regulations.
Kotoku Royal FC pleaded not guilty to the two charges in its Statement of Defence requested for a personal hearing.
PROCEEDINGS AND FINDINGS
The Committee considered the depositions in the Charge Sheet, the oral evidence and the reports of the match officials of the said match.
On both counts one and two, Kotoku Royal FC denied the claims against the club and urged the club to refer to the video of the match. Kotoku Royal FC stated that the club’s supporters did not misconduct themselves at the said match and that it was rather the Match Commissioner who decided to film a video of the supporters which infuriated the supporters.
The prosecution however, provided evidence from the match reports to the contrary in that the attacks started which prompted the security to react in such a manner to ensure safety of lives and property. After considering all the evidence of the match, the Committee was of the opinion that there can be no justification for the behaviour of the supporters.
The relevant provisions on ensuring the safety of match officials and all other stakeholders of the game are very clear and unambiguous. These include Articles 10 of the Division One League special Regulations and Articles 66 of the Disciplinary Code which places a huge responsibility on the home club.
In respect of the charges against supporters, clubs must also be mindful of Article 35(4) which states that “the Association shall hold clubs responsible for the misconduct of their supporters before, during and after a match”.
In this particular case, after reviewing the evidence, the Committee is satisfied with the evidence before it that the conduct of the supporters amounts to misconduct and a breach of the GFA Regulations. The Committee urges all clubs to continue to educate its supporters and ensure the safety of all stakeholders who attend matches.
The Disciplinary Committee makes the following decisions:
1. That the Committee, having satisfied itself that the evidence adduced before it supports the charge of misconduct on count one, hereby imposes a fine of Three Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢300.00) on Kotoku Royal FC in accordance with Article 35(4) of the GFA General Regulations.
2. That the Committee, having satisfied itself that the evidence adduced before it supports the charge of misconduct on count two, hereby imposes a fine of Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢500.00) on Kotoku Royal FC in accordance with Article 35(4) of the GFA General Regulations.
3. That Kotoku Royal FC and its supporters are hereby warned to be of good behaviour and that should the club be found guilty of any misconduct charges during this football season, the Committee shall apply the maximum sanctions against the club.
4. That the fines totaling (GHc800.00) mentioned in Decisions 1 and 2 above, shall be paid to the GFA within fourteen (14) days upon receipt of this Ruling, failing which Kotoku Royal FC shall automatically forfeit all subsequent matches after the said deadline in accordance with Article 15(b) of the GFA Disciplinary Code and Article 39(8)(b), 39(8)(d) and 39(8)(f) of the First Amendment to the GFA General Regulations.
5. That should any party be dissatisfied with or aggrieved by this Ruling, the party has within three (3) days of being notified of this Ruling to appeal to the Appeals Committee (See Article 37(11) of the General Regulations of the GFA).