Mr Marshall Baah, Founder of Maverick Sports Center and Agency, has urged the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to work with the Ghana Police Service to arrest and prosecute hooligans at match centres.
Speaking in an interview with GNA Sports in Tema, Mr Baah pointed out that the horrendous incidence of hooliganism which has become the norm in some league centers was so alarming and that the GFA should collaborate with the police to apprehend hooligans to curb the increase in incidents of violence at match venues.
According to him, fighting was a criminal offense and it does not matter if you are fighting inside a football stadium, so security personnel at match venues should take appropriate legal action against such an act.
“Only the police have the mandate to arrest criminals. As a football fan, I urge the GFA to speak to the police to increase stadium security,” he added.
Mr Baah said football hooliganism poses a serious threat to the game and not only brings the game into disrepute but also impacts the number of fans attending league matches.
“If people weren’t assured of their safety, they would stop coming to stadiums,” he said.
He noted that with league matches widely watched on the continent and beyond, citizens needed to be aware of the image they project to the rest of the world.
He encouraged stadium security personnel to be strict in enforcing law and order, adding that “some of the acts that occur in stadiums border on crime and should be treated as such”.
Mr Baah explained that anyone who cares about football knows that the game had three possible outcomes, therefore the outcome of the game must be accepted, stressing the need for the GFA not to be shy about banning identified perpetrators from going to match venues and engage in football activities. .