Soccer News of Tuesday, 21 May 2002
THE management of Accra Hearts of Oak has requested for maximum and impartial security in their crucial eighth week premier league match against B.A. United at the Sunyani Coronation Park tomorrow.
A letter signed by the Administrative Manager of the club, Mr Ashford Tettey Oku, and copied to the Chairman of the PLB explained that they were compelled to revisit the issue due to what they were subjected to during their sixth week fixture against Hasaacas at the Gyandu Park recently.
It said even though Hearts requested the Central Co-ordinating Committee, the Western Region Sports Development Officer and other relevant bodies to ensure maximum security in that match, and their suspicion was confirmed after the security personnel presence appeared helpless in the face of a hostile crowd.
The letter stated that Hearts went through manhandling and psychological warfare which resulted in a situation where the team manager had to purchase tickets for his players and other handlers before gaining entry through another booth.
It noted that the basis for Hearts? earlier request in spite of the peaceful agreement brokered by the FA Chairman, Ben Koufie, and the two clubs last year was that, the benefit of history made them unsure of the assimilation of the ties among Hasaacas fans in Sekondi.
?Given that we had in a press release after the fifth week assessed the league with a positive rating for all, we were disappointed at the turn of events and decided to water down this shameful event,? the letter stressed.