Sports News of Monday, 13 January 2020
A football fan believed to be a Kotoko supporter, was Sunday evening shot beneath the eye by a police officer on duty at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
It was not clear exactly what the fan did but the rubber bullet fired by the police officer hit the fan in the face and made him bled profusely.
He was rushed to the Emergency Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for medical attention.
The Public Relations Officer of Kotoko, Kennedy Boakye Ansah described the action of the police as senseless since the referees who most of the supporters had amassed outside of the entrance of the dressing room and were waiting for, had already been put into a police armored vehicle and driven away.
As a ressult, he said there was no need for the police to have fired that shot.
According to him, the Kumasi Asante Kotoko would be lodging a formal complaint with the police to investigate the issue.
Meanwhile, he said the club would be footing the hospital bill of the wounded fan.
The match Day 3 of the on going Ghana Premier league between Asante Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea was marred by officiating.
This compelled the supporters to throw missiles onto the pitch and halted the game for about 10 minutes.
It all started when an off the ball incident on the blind side of the central referee, Charles Bulu who was told by the fourth referee that the culprit of the incident was Ampem Dacosta.
Without wasting much time, Bulu flashed the yellow card to Dacosta who had already received a yellow and therefore was marched off to the dressing room.
This angered the supporters who started throwing missiles including sachet and bottle water onto the pitch.
Even after the game, not even the shield provided by the police would spare them from attacks from the supporters.
Even after the match, the supporters still waited for the referees in front of the mixed zone area.
It was at that spot that the police fired the rubber bullet and injured the fan.