Hooliganism and intimidation in local football assumed a serious proportion at the Sunyani Coronation Park last Sunday when some fans of Bechem Chelsea ran riot in their bid to put the fear of God in Cape Coast-based Class One Referee P.P. Awuah and his two assistants.
Referee Awuah and his assistants, Mumuni Issaka of Tamale and Michael Agbenezah of Aflao, were the target of the irate fans after Chelsea’s league match against Great Olympics which ended goalless in Sunyani.
In the ensuing commotion, Malik Akowah, a midfielder of Great Olympics who was also entering the dressing room was attacked by a Bechem Chelsea fan and in the process sustained an injury under his right eye.
According to the police the fan used a key to hit the player in the face which resulted in the injury, but the culprit, according to the police, managed to escape arrest.
However, the police managed to arrest a fan for attacking a police officer, who was trying to calm them down.
The fan whose name was not given by the police, according to a police source, would be charged for assaulting a public officer.
The match ended goalless but some fans of Bechem Chelsea who felt Referee Awuah had handed their team a raw deal decided to vent their anger on him and his two assistants by besieging the dressing room after the match.
It took the few policemen detailed to ensure law and order at the park to calm the situation before whisking away Referee Awuah and his two assistants to safety.
Meanwhile, Malik Akowah was expected to be treated at the 37 Military Hospital yesterday for the deep cut sustained under one of his eyes, reports Michael Quaye.
Olympics’ chief executive, George Afriyie, told Graphic Sports that Akowah was first treated and discharged at the Sunyani Hospital moments after the incident, and was scheduled to be treated in Accra because of the seriousness of the injury.