Clubs have responsibilities of educating fans on conduct at the stadium – Prosper Harrison Addo
The General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Prosper Harrison Addo, says clubs have a duty to ensure that they educate their fans on their behaviour when they attend games in the Ghana Premier League.
Despite witnessing Ghana’s biggest football tragedy on May 9, 2001, the nation’s football fraternity continues to suffer hooliganism at match venues with the latest being Aduana FC’s attack on Tamale City following their game in Dormaa.
In the wake of some of these actions by fans, clubs have been the ones facing the punishments while the individuals who have been involved have barely faced any.
Explaining this has been the case, Harrison Addo told the media, “It is never the case that we punish clubs and leave the main people. On those occasions that the individual culprits have been identified, they are punished. There have been occasions where arrests have been made.
“Football rules are such that clubs have responsibilities, there’s a responsibility on the organiser, which is the GFA. There are responsibilities on the clubs and all the key players of the game.
“Clubs have responsibilities to educate their fans [on their conduct at match venues]. They have the responsibility to demarcate where their supporters sit and where the away fans also sit so they can clearly monitor and ensure that everything goes fine.”
The General Secretary was speaking on the commemoration event to mark the 22nd anniversary of the May 9 stadium disaster at the Accra Sports Stadium.