Patrick Allotey apologises for assaulting Kotoko fan

Author: Bernard Neequaye

Super welterweight boxer, Patrick Allotey, has apologised to the public for his untoward behaviour towards a Kumasi Asante Kotoko fan, Michael Siaw, during Accra Hearts of Oak’s 2-1 defeat in their Premier League fixture at the Accra Sports Stadium last Sunday.

Allotey, who was seen in a viral video punching the said Kotoko fan, described his behaviour as unprofessional and pleaded with the victim to forgive him of the unfortunate incident.

Narrating the incident to the Graphic Sports Online, the 29-year-old fighter debunked rumours that he pummelled Mr Siaw because of his association with Hearts.

Allotey explained that he went to the Accra Sports Stadium to watch Christopher Nettey of Kotoko after an invitation from his childhood friend to come to the venue to catch a glimpse of him.

He noted that it was unfortunate he couldn’t control his temper when he attempted to stop the Kotoko supporter from blocking his view during the Super Clash and ended up punching him three times in the face.

“I don’t even know what to say. I am really sorry for my actions and I want to call on the Kotoko supporter and the public to forgive my actions.

“It was an unprofessional act on my part and I have to take full responsibility for my actions which got the Kotoko fan hurt. I pray he finds a place in his heart to forgive me,” Allotey said.

However, Allotey is yet to be invited by the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) for his conduct which is in contrast with the body’s code of conduct as a professional boxer.

Meanwhile, family and former manager of Allotey has visited Mr Siaw whom the boxer assaulted and pleaded that the case be withdrawn from the Odorkor Police Station where the victim lodged complain.

“I didn't even know he was a boxer, it was after the video went viral that I got to know.

"Sincerely, I did nothing provoking to merit such assault from him, I was only jubilating when Kotoko scored, that was when he approached me to leave his presence and before I realised, he had hit him

"His manager and family members have been here that I should withdraw the case so we settle it amicably but I am yet to meet my dad so we decide,” Mr Siaw told Oyerepa FM.