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The Ghana Football Association has condemned the Kotoko – Berekum Chelsea post-match violence at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday which left one fan seriously injured.

The chaos occurred after Kotoko fans, not pleased with a decision taken by the center referee, Charles Buluu, in their match against Berekum Chelsea attempted to attack the official after the final whistle was blown.

The violence turned tragic when a fan was shot in the eye by the police as they attempted to disperse the crowd with a warning-shot.

The Ghana FA also empathised with the injured fan who is in a critical condition.

A statement released on by the Ghana Football Association on Sunday states:

”The Ghana Football Association has learnt with extreme disappointment the unfortunate incidents at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi during the Ghana Premier League match between Asante Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea on Sunday”.

”We are saddened by reports of injuries to football fans and the hospitalization of a fan, following an alleged gun shooting incident.

”Our profound sympathy goes to the injured, and we pray for speedy recovery.

”The Ghana Football Association takes a dim view of violence at all league centres across the country and totally condemns what may have precipitated the unfortunate development at the Baba Yara Stadium”.

”While we conduct our own inquest from our designated matchday officials to find out the exact cause of the unfortunate incidents, we call on the Police Service to also conduct thorough investigation, especially on the alleged shooting incident.

”The GFA wishes to assure the general public that it has zero tolerance for violence, and in accordance with our regulations, will deal ruthlessly with any official or club that is found to have breached our GFA Regulations and GFA Disciplinary Code”.

”Once again, we wish the injured speedy recovery.”

The Ghana Football Association is yet to take any disciplinary decision on the issue.

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