AshantiGold defender Richard Osei Agyemang has confirmed to Kumasi-based Oyerepa FM that his life was threatened by a knife wedging supporter.
The Miners are yet to issue an official statement on the incident almost 72 hours after it happened.
Reports of the bizzare incidents emerged in Kumasi on Monday with a leader of AshantiGold Supporters Union, known as Shafts, confirming the incident to Oyerepa FM.
According to eye witness accounts the fan was disgusted by the player’s ‘deliberate’ sending off as the Miners picked a 1-0 win over Medeama SC in the Ghana FA Normalisation Committee’s Special Competition.
The Miners were in search of victory following their 2-0 defeat to Kotoko during their matchday four clash at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
Despite scoring an early goal, AshantiGold fans felt they were at risk of letting the maximum points slip through their fingers when Osei Agyemang copped what they believe was a silly red card.
One of the fans then pulled the blade on him and threatened to stab him.
“I can never say I am bigger than [AshantiGold], you cannot begrudge the supporters for their actions, they are supporters and will remain supporters,” he said.
“There are same people who will hail me when things go right. Its true a fan threatened me with knife but took the intervention of some people who rescued me,” the former Berekum Chelsea player confirmed the incident.
“I am still an [AshantiGold] player and so will come back after my suspension and play for [the club].
The red card I received wasn’t intentional, my face is swollen and I feel pains all over so why will I intentionally do that.”
The incident once again spark concerns of fan violence at match centers in Ghana. A female referee officiating a Women’s league game was mercilessly beaten by fans for what they believe was unfair officiating from the center referee.
Ghana is in dire need of a solution to fans violence at match venues with clubs and league organising body as well as the GFA failing to take actions to curb the menace.
Three Chelsea fans were stopped from entering Slavia Prague’s stadium for last Thursday’s Europa League game after a racist chant about Liverpool’s Egypt international Mohamed Salah circulated on social media.
The Premier League club’s security team identified the fans from a video on Twitter showing them singing a derogatory song about former Chelsea forward Mohamed Salah, now of Liverpool.
While the use of sophisticated technology in other jurisdictions help in dealing with the menace socio-cultural relationship could be used to identify individuals involved in stadium violence for punishment though there is lack of will and zeal from clubs and the football regulatory body in the West African country.
Ghana is among the leading African countries with brimming passion for football and has produced many great footballers.
Osei Agyemang, popularly known as Ajeo, is a former player of Ghana’s leading Premier club Kumasi Asante Kotoko, and made a switch to the regional rivals when he was released by the Porcupine Warriors last season.
By El Akyereko
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