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26.01.2005 Football News

Kotoko Declared Losers

By JoyOnline

The three-man committee set up to investigate incidents leading to the abrupt end of Sunday's Coca Cola Top Four game between Kotoko and Heart of Lions in Accra, has concluded its work and come out with rulings on the incident.

The chairman of the committee, Amadu Tanko, said the committee deliberated and made rulings on two protests presented by Kotoko and Heart of Lions.

Accordingly, Kotoko has been declared losers of the game and Heart Lions have been awarded three points and three goals.

For his role in the walkout and unfortunate incidents of crowd violence, Kotoko's Accra representative, Jerry Asare has been banned from being in the inner perimeter for the team's remaining matches of the tournament and his conduct subsequently referred to the GFA's disciplinary committee.

Sarfo Gyamfi's conduct has been referred to the police.

Meanwhile before the judgement, Kumasi Asante Kotoko had given a riposte to the varied condemnation heaped on the team for refusing to continue play in the Coca Cola Top Four tournament last Sunday.

In an official statement on the infamous incident signed by Major (rtd) Yaw Larsen, chief executive officer of the club, Kotoko has condemned the performance of referee J.O Lamptey, attributing the bizarre incident to his conduct.

According to the statement, Kotoko believe that the walk out was an immediate reaction to the official's unprofessional conduct and which helped to avert a similar disaster as occurred on May 9.

Expatiating further on the statement, Major Larson told Joy Sports that the club finds it disturbing that the public has been quiet on the actual issues that triggered the walkout.

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