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12.08.2004 Sports News

Disciplinary Committee ban Black Panthers coach

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Accra, Aug 12, GNA - Mr Emmanuel "Akesse" Tagoe of the Black Panthers Boxing gym has been banned for two consecutive fight nights from the Mortein Boxing League as a coach or a spectator and in addition fined 200,000 cedis.

A statement issued by Emmanuel Charway, General Secretary of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) copied to the GNA Sports said the decisions were arrived at after a Disciplinary Committee hearing on July 22, which found Akesse guilty of unsatisfactory behaviour.

It said that the case against Akesse stems from his objectionable behaviour on the fight night (two) of the premier edition of the Mortein Boxing League during and after the bout between Herbert Quartey of Akotoku Gym and Prosper Ankrah of Black Panthers Gym on June 19.

The statement said the Committee found the explanation to the charges against him as unsatisfactory and therefore unacceptable hence the decision to ban and fine him.

It said that the Committee re-countered several instances of unruly behaviour in the past exhibited at other boxing tournaments and have therefore taken a serious view of the present matter with the knowledge that Akesse is a senior coach and his opinion and actions have a lot of influence on young trainers.

The statement also asked that Akesse should be made to render an unqualified apology and sign a bond to be of good behaviour for a period of six months and in case of default he will be face further drastic punishment.

It concluded that the Committee in arriving at its decision took into consideration Akesse's immense contribution to the Sport and the fact that there is the need to maintain discipline within the ranks.