The General Secretary in charge of communications at the Ghana Football Association, Ibrahim Saane Daara has pointed out that violent conduct at league centres would not motivate corporate bodies to participate in the local footballing setting.
Before the arrival of telecoms company, Glo, and First Capital Plus Bank, as the elite division’s sponsors in recent times, corporate bodies had not entered the footballing scene and according to the GFA’s spokesperson, incidents like the recent assault on referee Kyei Andoh could keep corporate bodies away from football.
“How do we want to improve our football when there is violence at our matches and media men, referees and even officials of the Ghana Football Association are beaten up?
No company will come and pump money into a league that has this feature on a consistent basis and that could cause a major problem for Ghanaian football,” Daara said on Citi Sports‘ midweek programme “Half Time” on Wednesday.
Daara admitted that, even though heavy bans such as the 12-match ban handed to Dwarfs for an assault on a referee by its fans have been applied in the Premier League, a lot more must be done to stem the tide of violence at football matches.
The Ghana Football Association has shown strong intent to fight, match day violence after the recent death of a 21-year old referee Kyei Andoh in the Western Region following an alleged assault from fans in a football match in the Western Region.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana