Police must do more to combat hooliganism- GFA boss Kurt Okraku

Published on: 12 April 2021

GFA President, Kurt Okraku, has tasked the police force in the country to do more to end hooliganism in football.

In recent weeks, some referees in a division one game were brutally assaulted by fans, leading to blood and bruises.

The GFA subsequently banned the fans and club from using the pitch but Okraku, in an interview with Joy FM, asked them to do more.

“The clubs know what it is [they must do] to successfully manage games and what the needs are in terms of security. But, we cannot control the mindset of every individual in the world and most importantly, every individual who goes to our match centers to consume our domestic football,” he stated.

“I wholeheartedly condemn hooliganism that has been noticed in some of the league centres. People who have misbehaved are going through and disciplinary committee and all that. Punishment is not enough to combat hooliganism,” he added.

“Sorry, I am not the Inspector General of Police. Sorry, I am not the police commander. One week ago, the police were attacked by supporters. I expect the police to act and that is why I am moving to the Brong Ahafo region to meet the Police High Command. We want to see them working. We will never accept hooliganism in our sport because it belongs in the stone age,” he noted.

He also revealed that FA is working with other relevant agencies to combat the canker.

“We’ve done capacity buildings, had security briefings and trainings with all our stakeholders. On our part, we really do what we can, but there’s more work to be done,” he said.