Accra Hearts of Oak were denied entry to watch Asante Kotoko’s Ghana Premier League game against Liberty Professionals at the Accra Sports Stadium on Monday, as revealed by Happy Sports.
The Phobians arrived at the stadium with their bus with just 15 minutes to kick off, but were not allowed to enter the match venue, Seth Nii Darko, an executive for Asante Kotoko’s National Circles Council confirmed in an interview on Happy Sports.
“We were informed that 15 minutes to the game Hearts of Oak wanted to come in and watch the game. They are our bitterest rivals and we found it strange.
“They should understand why we didn’t let them in. This is African football and it involves soo many things”, Seth Nii Darko told Odiasempa Kwame Oware on Happy FM.
Hearts of Oak Supporters Chief, Elvis Herman Hesse reacted to what transpired, stating Kotoko did not act professionally in this regard.
“What happened was unprofessional, that a team like Hearts of Oak were not allowed entry into the stadium. Even in Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid are able to watch both matches.
“Last Season we allowed AshantiGold to watch our game. It is allowed, because players also have access to the stadium, it is their right.
“I am really disappointed in what happened and we must not condone this attitude”, he added.
Asante Kotoko defeated Liberty Professionals 2-0, Kwame Poku scored both goals to send his team up to 6th on table, just behind rivals Hearts of Oak with goal difference and with a game in hand.
The two teams will clash on February 12 in week 14 of the Ghana Premier league. Asante Kotoko will host Hearts of Oak.