Ghana Premier League club have been banned indefinitely
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Council has issued an indefinite ban on the Tamale Stadium, effective immediately.
This ruling was made after home supporters assaulted Match Officials during the Ghana Premier League match between Real Tamale United FC and Aduana FC on March 20, 2022.
The GFA’s Competitions Department will now set the locations for Real Tamale United FC’s forthcoming home matches, taking into account the distances that the away clubs will have to travel.
The following is the letter that was sent to the Club:
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) organizes seminars and briefings for clubs on safety and security at match locations, as well as the GFA regulations on safety and security.
The Association is shocked and alarmed by the criminal assaults on Match Officials at the Tamale Sports Stadium by home supporters during the Premier League match between Real Tamale United FC and Aduana FC on Sunday, March 20, 2022, given the Association’s efforts to promote safety and security at our matches.
Given that the GFA has a method for reporting any claimed faulty officiating (if any) to the Match Review Panel for redress, the Association’s Executive Council views any attack on the Match Officials as “an attack against the entire sport, it being unnecessary and criminal.”
As a result, the Executive Council has exercised its powers under Article 14(2) of the Premier League Regulations and has placed an indefinite ban on the venue.
14(2) “Where the safety of teams, match officials, and/or spectators cannot be assured, the GFA may order the closure of any league centre/venue.”
The GFA also notes that supporters of the home team, Real Tamale United FC, entered the inner perimeter and assaulted match officials, and condemns the violations of the GFA Approved Matchday COVID-19 Protocols and the Safety and Security regulations that occurred during the match without reservation.
The GFA Prosecutors have been instructed to file the proper charges as soon as possible, and the Disciplinary Committee to have a hearing on the case as soon as possible.
The GFA insists that Real Tamale United FC quickly and without fail assist the police in bringing the perpetrators of the attack on the match officials to justice, as promised by the clubs to the Inspector General of Police during our meeting with the Ghana Police Service leadership.
The Association has directed the Competitions Department to set the locations for Real Tamale United FC’s forthcoming home matches, taking into account the distances that the visiting clubs will have to travel (note that matches can be fixed at the home of the away team, if required).
That all clubs take note of the GFA Matchday COVID-19 Protocols and the Safety & Security laws and follow them to the letter.
The GFA would like to issue a firm warning to all members (particularly all clubs) that any harassment or attack on Match Officials (Referees, Match Commissioners, GFA Cameramen & Women, Venue Media Officers, and the sports media) would be dealt with harshly and quickly.
Any statements by players, teams, or club officials, as well as club social media handles, that incite fans against match officials, will be dealt with.
In our game, especially in this second round of the leagues, there will be no tolerance for violence or provocation to violence.