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The GFA/PLB must act now.

Editor’s Take: Save the GPL of shameful acts

Posted on: Mon Jun 12, 2017 - Report by News Desk

For the third time running this season, Kotoko Express and Asantekotokosc.com’s photojournalist, Gideon Boakye Botwe was prevented from carrying out his assigned work at a Premier League centre. Yesterday, he was barred from working at the Dormaa Park by irrational Aduana Stars supporters just as he was also prevented from working at the Len Clay Stadium by Ashgold operatives. 

On match day ten at Tarkwa, Gideon again suffered the same ill-fate. Assigns of Medeama ensured that, he stayed out of the inner perimeter to conduct his business as a Ghana Football Association (GFA)-accredited photojournalist. We complained to the Premier League Board (PLB). They only issued a statement to condemn the maltreatment of Gideon and other journalists. 

Since then, we have had reports of journalists being intimidated except that, we haven’t paid attention to those reports. We were witnesses to some form of ill-treatment of journalists at the Tema Park, when Kotoko played Tema Youth. We however seem to have had the climax to these primitive acts of media intimidation, when yesterday, some supporters of Aduana Stars chased away the crew of the television right holders of the Ghana Premier League. 

The crew, from Ghana Television, sought refuge at the Dormaa Ahenkro Police station as the Aduana Stars supporters threatened to vandalise their equipment if they dared returned to the notorious Park. We will not to interrogate the reasons for which the rowdy supporters violently drove the television crew away. For us, there’s no correct basis to even do that interrogation. 

That, football fans now have the effrontery to sack the official television right holders of the Premier League, isn’t something we imagined! This is only a confirmation of how some ignorant, uncivilised fans are determined to drag the name of the domestic league into the mud. 

We see a dangerous trend emerging if the GFA/PLB don’t rise immediately to clamp down on the high levels of indiscipline at some league centres. Supporters of Aduana Stars who gleefully hounded the television crew out of their Park, must bow their heads in shame. We wait to see what the reaction of the GFA/PLB will be after the day of shame at Dormaa Ahenkro. 

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