Asante Kotoko will play their next two home matches behind closed doors following a ruling on Tuesday by the Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee on violence that ensued during their 0-1 loss to Berekum Chelsea at the Baba Yara Stadium.
In addition, Kotoko shall pay a fine of GH¢20,000 for unsporting behaviour by supporters of the club.
The Disciplinary Committee arrived at its decision after Kotoko, in their response to the charge sheet sent by the FA’s prosecutor, accepted guild for the conduct of their supporters but pleaded for mitigation.
Kotoko’s acceptance of the charges and their plea resulted in a reduction from playing five home games behind closed doors to three, including last Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Ebusua Dwarfs in Kumasi. However, the fine was doubled from GH¢10,000 to GH¢20,000.
It means supporters will be barred from watching Kotoko’s home games against Liberty Professionals (February 2) and AshantiGold (February 16), but their clash with Bechem United on March 1 will be open to supporters.
The five-member Disciplinary Committee comprising Osei Kwadwo (chairman), Carla Olympio, David Okyere, Nurudeen Alhassan and Emmanuel Nikoi, considered the various breaches of the GFA Disciplinary Code and Premier League Regulations as stated in all four charges against the Kotoko based on which the prosecutor proffered punishments.
Kotoko have pledged to clamp down on the rioting fans
In their plea for mitigation, Kotoko pledged to make an effort to identify and punish anyone found culpable in the acts that occurred at the stadium as it breached the GFA Premier League Regulations and Disciplinary Code.
Also, Kotoko must provide evidence within 21 days that it has identified and punished all persons identified and found culpable in the crowd violence during the match, failure of which the club would be deemed by the Disciplinary Committee as incapable of disciplining their supporters.