Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association has ordered a temporary ban on Bofoakwa Tano FC from using Sunyani Coronation Park as its home venue, with immediate effect.
This decision has become necessary due to the unfortunate incidents that occurred after the Match Day 11 match between Bofoakwa Tano FC and Nsoatreman FC played on November 19, 2023.
The decision is in accordance with the GFA Premier League Regulations Article 14(2), which states, inter alia, “the GFA may order the closure of any league centre where the safety of clubs, Match Officials or Spectators cannot be guaranteed.”’
The Competitions Department is hereby directed to designate a venue for the Club’s future home matches, as per Article 14(3) of the Premier League Regulations.
It is important to note that this directive does not preclude the ongoing case before the Disciplinary Committee, which has been tasked with hearing the matter in compliance with the relevant Regulations.
The GFA expresses strong disapproval of the misconduct exhibited by the supporters of Bofoakwa Tano FC during the match. The Association unequivocally condemns the breaches of GFA Safety and Security Regulations and Premier League Regulations that occurred.
GFA Prosecutors are now reviewing all video evidence and matching reports to promptly file appropriate charges. The Disciplinary Committee is expected to expedite the proceedings on this matter.
Bofoakwa Tano FC is urged to collaborate with the Regional Police in apprehending those involved in the attack on the away team and the unlawful detention of match officials, as promised during engagements with the Inspector General of Police.
Pending the case’s resolution, the Competitions Department is instructed to determine venues for Bofoakwa Tano FC’s upcoming home matches, considering the distances for the away teams. (Note: Matches may be scheduled at the away team’s home if necessary.)
All clubs are reminded to strictly adhere to the Safety and Security Regulations and the GFA Disciplinary Code. The GFA issues a stern warning to all members, particularly clubs, emphasising that any harassment or assault on Players, Team Officials, Match Officials, and sports media will be dealt with promptly and decisively.