Minister for Youth and Sports, Honorable Isaac Kwame Asiamah has called on the security agencies to deal with all persons found culpable of acts of hooliganism according to the law as the football fraternity marks 18 years anniversary of the May 9th disaster.
Today marks exactly 18 years since the tragic disaster occurred at the Accra Sports Stadium when the two biggest clubs in the country, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko faced off in a match.
The unfortunate stampede claimed at least 127 lives and left many football supporters injured and their families in despair. Till date, the disaster remains the number one sports tragedy in Ghana’s history.
In remembering the deceased and to offer support to families of the victims, the two clubs together with the football family met at the Accra Sports Stadium to mark the occasion.
Speaking a special guest, the Sports Minister called on security agencies to ensure the laws are applied whiles calling on football loving fans to contribute to the termination of violence in football.
“The security agencies should do their work and make sure that the law is applied to the latter. All those culpable should be dealt with according to due process. Sports competitions and for that matter football matches are not sources of war in time of peace. We should all contribute to the termination of violence during our football matches if we do not want a repetition of the wining, sorrow and heartbreaks that visited Ghana on that fateful day of May 9th, 2001”, Hon. Isaac Asiamah said.
He added, “This is an occasion many Ghanaians especially those who lost their loved one will want to forget. But how can we forget to commemorate this day when entrepreneurs of violence in football are still at work exhibiting condemnable behaviors at football matches that have the potential of repeating what happened in 2001. And you are all witnesses to recent events as if as a country we have not learned any useful lessons at all. That makes me sad. We still have elements in our midst who are still misbehaving at our league centers”.