Athletics News of Monday, 13 May 2019
Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Youth and Sports, Alex Kofi Agyekum has observed that soccer admirers and referees are not completely ready to improve their actions through football matches, despite the tragic incident which claimed numerous life for the duration of the May 9 stadium disaster.
Football rivalry among followers of Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak fueled by weak officiating resulted in a commotion. The firing of teargas by the law enforcement instead led to a stampede at the Accra Sporting activities Stadium.
The incident claimed more than 126 lives, planting a dent in the history of Ghana’s soccer.
Remembering the incident on 3FM’s Sunrise with Winston Amoah final week Thursday, Mr. Agyekum mentioned the underlying indiscipline that triggered the Could 9 catastrophe continues to persist in Ghana’s football.
“In conditions of refereeing, in terms of fans behavior, in terms of perspective of golf equipment, I really do not feel something has been learnt which we can say as at today that certainly, since of this, 18 decades in the past, this is how considerably we have long gone,” he stated.
He spelled out that as element of initiatives to improve the integrity of the video game, soccer authorities have put measures in location in terms of infrastructure this sort of as railing to individual fans from accessing the pitch as properly as education and workshop sessions for referees.
Mr. Agyekum lamented that, “After arranging the workshop, supplying them tutorials as to what to do, it comes to the software. That is in which we have the problems. Men and women are not ready to transform.”