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28.09.2005 Football News

Soccer fan arrested for damaging chair

By GNA
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Accra, Sept 28, GNA - A soccer fan, Kwabina Siaw believed to be a fan of Cape Coast Mysterious Dwarfs was on Wednesday arrested by Police detailed on duty at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium for destroying a plastic chair.

According to a Policeman who was part of the team that effected his arrest, Siaw who was not happy with officiating of the match between Dwarfs and Tano Bofoakwa in anger broke the chair and threw it unto the field.

The Police source said upon realizing what he had done, Siaw tried to escape by scurrying towards the main gate but he was chased and arrested just before he got the main gate. Siaw was sent to the Ministries Police Station where according to the Police he would be arraigned before court on Thursday on a charge of damaging state property.

In his statement, Siaw denied deliberately damaging the chair but claimed that the plastic chair, which was not that strong broke after he stood on it to register his protest after Dwarfs wasted a begging chance. Siaw appeared to have compounded his case by giving a false name to the Police when he was arrested. On why he tried to run from the stadium after breaking the chair, Siaw said he was not running way but rather going to the gate to give something to a friend.

Mr Hamid Issaka, Public Relations Officer of the National Sports Council (NSC) who briefed the GNA Sports on the incident, advised all soccer fans, especially those who would troop to the Stadium on Sunday for the Premier League match between Accra Hearts and Kumasi Asante Kotoko not to fall foul of the law or else the same fate awaits them. The incident was the major talking point during the 24th week GT Premier League match between Dwarfs and Bofoakwa at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium, which ended goalless.

The mid-week league encounter, which was originally scheduled for the Cape Coast Robert Mensah Sports Stadium was shifted to Accra after Dwarfs were banned for acts of hooliganism after their League match against Kpando Heart of Lions. 28 Sept 05

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