The Board Chairman of Legon Cities football club Mr. Fred Agbenyo has called on the Ghana Football Association to crack the whip on some venues and regions where these holigan acts take place.
He reiterated that there are some Regions which are noted for notoriety and they resort to these hooligan acts as means of ensuring that they win their league matches at all cost.
He added that he has stopped travelling with his club because of the horrific experiences he had at some of the match venues.
“There are some matches that we have lost, that we shouldn’t have, but circumstances will not allow you to win. As I speak now, my team has travelled to Bechem, but am not going to go there. I have stopped travelling with them. Some Regions are noted for notoriety.
There are some matches venues that, once they are playing at home, they must win the match at all cost. They would intimidate the players, the referees and travelling fans. Objects will be thrown at you, coaches will be beaten, look there are some instances that the away team will tell the home team to score them, so they can leave peacefully…that’s how bad it can be..,” he told Angel TV’S Esther Abankwa.
He further cited some match venues where he and his team had terrifying experiences.
“When we travelled to Onyinase to play Karela, we had bad experience. Our players were maltreated. We were verbally abused and harrased as well. At Techiman too, we had similar experience. Assessing the park was even frustrating. At Dormaa too, it was same.
As for Dun’s Park in Bibiani, the least said, the better. it’s not a venue you would want to go watch football match. At all cost, they must win their home matches. The things they would take the visiting team as well as officials through, its very sad,” he added.
Mr. FredAgbenyo urged the Ghana Football Association to begin to sanction clubs and ensure that stiffer punishment are given to all those involved. The sanctions must be severe to serve as deterrent to clubs and for supporters to begin to protect their parks to avoid ban.