Asante Kotoko could face another sanctions from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for allowing popular musician Sarkodie in their dressing room during Sunday’s clash against Aduana Stars.
The Porcupine Warriors before the kickoff of Sunday’s premier league game against Aduana Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium allowed Sarkodie into their dressing room.
The action of Asante Kotoko breaches section 2 (Stadium zoning) of the Ghana FA match day Covid-19 protocols set in place to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
The rule ensures that clubs and their members observe and stay away from persons who have not been cleared by the Safety and Security Committee of the GFA with appropriate accreditation.
“Zone I — The ‘team zone’ includes the dressing room areas (team and referee dressing rooms, doping control station, medical room, delegate’s office, tunnel), the player benches, technical seats and any additional seats in the stands used to extend the benches or technical seats, the pitch and pitch surrounds up to the pitch perimeter advertising boards, warm- up areas including a distance of 2m around the warmup areas. This zone is for the groups required exclusively for match operations (players, substitutes, coaching, technical and medical staff, referees, doping control officers and chaperones, pitch medics, security, hygiene staff) but also people fulfilling the minimum delivery obligations, such as limited NSA staff, technical suppliers, signage, etc.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, only those who have been cleared by the Safety and Security Committee of the GFA with appropriate Accreditation will be allowed to enter Zone I, and no more than approximately 100 people are allowed to be in Zone 1 at any one time.”
For the allowing Sarkodie into the dressing room and consequently flouting GFA’s match day Covid-19 protocols, Asante Kotoko are likely to face the following sanctions should the Ghana FA decide to press charges against them.
“Any violation Of the above protocols shall be referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA or the appropriate state authorities.
Any club, team official, player, match official, club official or any person under the GFA who violates any Of the above protocols or any GFA directive in relation to COVID — 19 shall be punishable by:
6.1.1 a fine not less than GHcI,OOO.OO;
6.1.2 a stadium ban;
6.1.3 playing behind closed doors;
6.1.4 suspension of not less than two (2) matches;
6.1.5 and any other punishment or sanction as deems fit by the Disciplinary Committee.
6.2. Depending on the severity of the violation, the disciplinary committee may combine any ofthe above punishments”.
Meanwhile, Asante Kotoko have appealed the a year ban and the sanction of GH¢ 207,800 in fine, enticement fees and salaries imposed on the them by the Players Status Committee (PSC) over unilateral termination of the contracts of four of it former players.