Team Manager of Sunyani based Brong Ahafo United, Emmanuel Asamoah has blamed regional rivals, Bofoakwa United for orchestrating Sunday’s attacks on match officials that led to the abrupt end of the match against Real Tamale United.
“I will not exonerate my team but everything that happened yesterday at the Coronation Park was orchestrated by Bofoakwa” the BA United official told Mumuni Yirifa Yunus on the Super Morning Show Monday morning.
Mr Asamoah claims their rival club orchestrated events of Sunday long before the match day because they were desperate for BA United to win or draw against RTU.
A win or draw for the home team would have enhanced the chances of the Tano based Bofoakwa side of finishing top of the Division One League Zone One table to book a place in the Ghana Premier League next season.
Mr Asamoah disclosed that he was threatened several times and attacked by known fans of Bofoakwa United an hour before the match commenced, compelling him to leave the park for his own safety.
On Sunday, a Division One League match between the home side, BA United and RTU had to be called off, after fans of the home side invaded the pitch and physically assaulted the referee, Maxwell Hanson.
The match officials were attacked while the game was ongoing, after the referee awarded the Tamale side a penalty for a handball in the 18yard box by the BA United side.
The decision did not go down well with fans of the home side who invaded the pitch and chased the referee in the field, before pouncing on him and gave him the beating of his life.
But for the timely intervention of a combined team of police and military, the officials would have been lynched.
Players of RTU were thrown with projectiles, injuring at least one.
After the officials were forced by the rampaging fans to resume play, the referee reversed the penalty decision awarded the away side.
He however called off the match after 60mins of play with the match still goalless, for safety reasons.
Fans went on rampage, pelting stones and other projectiles at the team bus and supporters, injuring at least one RTU player and causing destruction to the team bus of the Tamale based side.
Mr Asamoah apologized to RTU and its supporters but was adamant about the kind of punishment that should be given to perpetrators of yesterday’s violence.
Bofoakwa United has yet to speak on the allegations.
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