Football Hooliganism: Sports Ministry tasks GFA to tighten security at match venues

By Simon Asare

Accra, Nov. 20, GNA – The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) has entreated the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to enhance security at match venues amid rampant cases of hooliganism.

Last Sunday’s brutality at the Sunyani Coronation Park, which led to the hospitalisation of Nsoatreman FC coach Maxwell Konadu, has sparked the debate about security at matches venues.

Fans of Bofoakwa Tano invaded the pitch and attacked the coach and some players of Nsoatreman FC, with the GFA immediately placing a ban on the use of Sunyani Coronation Park.

The MOYS, in a statement, implored the Ghana Police Service to bring perpetrators to justice and send a clear message to fans that violence in football would not be tolerated.

“Such acts of violence have no place in football, and we extend our heartfelt wishes for coach Maxwell Konadu’s swift recovery. The Ministry urged the GFA to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, to ensure a thorough investigation into this incident.

“Furthermore, the Ministry calls on the GFA to work closely with all necessary stakeholders to enhance security at all match venues. The safety of teams, players, and spectators should be paramount, and a concerned effort must be made to create an environment free from violence and hooliganism.”

The statement also urged football fans to uphold the values of fair play and sportsmanship so that the game of football in Ghana would not be in disrepute.