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No fans: GFA orders behind-closed-doors games for DOL Zone One

The final three games in Zone One of the 2020/21 Division One League are to be played behind closed doors, the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has directed.

The decision is believed to be a move to quell mounting tension in the zone as the season draws close to its end.

The GFA Executive Council was forced into an emergency meeting on Wednesday after violent incidents marred a match-day 27 game between BA United and Real Tamale United (RTU) at. Sunyani Coronation Park last Sunday.

In a statement, the Executive Council announced:

“That all the 16 clubs in Division One League Zone 1 are hereby directed to play their remaining league matches of the season behind closed doors without failure and that any violation shall be severely punished.

“Only Ten (10) Management Members of the Home Team and Ten (10) Management Members for Away clubs shall be granted access as well as Twenty (20) media persons (to be accredited by the GFA).

“No other person shall be in attendance apart from the 18 players and the 7 Technical Team members from each club, Match Officials, Medical Personnel for the match, 8 ball boys and the agreed number of Police and Military officers sanctioned by the GFA. This shall strictly be enforced.”

It added: “That the Home Team is reminded of their responsibility under the Division One League Regulations to arrange and pay for effective security for their home matches.

“That severe sanction shall be preferred should there be any further violations of the GFA Match day Protocols by any club.”

Bofoakwa Tano, Real Tamale United and Berekum Arsenals are involved in a three-horse race chasing for top spot and promotion to the Ghana Premier League for the 2021/22 season.

Read the statement in full:

 

 

 

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