By Patrick Akoto
A number of Premier League bosses want the Ghana Federation to reduce the heavy punishment meted out to Ebusua Dwarfs for failing to control their fans.
The disciplinary committee of the Ghana Federation descended heavily on the Cape Coast-based side after their fans beat up a referee and his two assistants for disallowing what seemed a perfect equalizer during their 1-0 defeat at home to Aduana Stars.
They were slapped with a 12-home match ban and an accumulated 20,000 Ghana cedis (US$ 11235) fine for the incident which has gained inches in the Ghanaian press.
Chief Executive Nana Aidoo forked out thousands of dollars as Dwarfs secured a dramatic return to the elite division after five years in the doldrums and there are many who believe the punishment could crumble the ambitions of the club.
There are others who also suspect foul play.
Some of the Premier League owners who have spoken on the matter have expressed their unhappiness with the ‘harsh’ decision and believe it will deter people from investing in the game.
“To run a football club in Ghana or anywhere is no joke. The resources and monies that we’re spending on these players are simply amazing,” New Edubiase CEO Abdul Salam Mumuni said.
“I think the punishment is too harsh and therefore I will urge the FA to consider reducing it because if it happens like these, may people will not be encouraged to venture into the sports.
“I don’t think anyone has said what the supporters did was right. But in the same vein, in punishing the club, we must be careful not to end up destroying the clubs.
Dwarfs have since appealed against the decision.