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Pitch invader Awal Sulemana granted bail

Awal with the Chairman of the Central Regional Football Association after his release

The 25-year-old man who was apprehended by the police for invading the pitch during Ghana’s AFCON qualifier against South Africa has been granted bail, GhanaWeb has learnt.

Awal Sulemana has been in the grips of the police since Thursday and been charge with offensive behaviour and unlawful entry.

Information reaching indicates that the former 400-metre runner was granted bail this morning upon the intervention of the Ghana Football Association.

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The prolonged detention of Awal Sulemana sparked outrage on social media with several Ghanaians calling for his release while describing the approach by the police as an overkill.

The hashtag #FreeAwal has since his arrest been trending on social media as Ghanaians demand his release.

Among the personalities who have come out to plead for the release of the trainee nurse is Black Stars skipper Andre Ayew.

Andre Ayew in a post on his twitter page beseeched the Cape Coast Police to ‘temper justice with mercy’.

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“We know how passionate football is, but it‘s very important for everyone to always abide by safety rules at the stadium to make the place safe for everyone”, Andre Ayew said.

“I want to plead with authorities to temper justice and mercy to our dear fans, especially intruder Awal Suleman and I hope this will not happen again”, the Black Stars skipper pleaded.