Hooliganism, a deadly virus that has sharply go into the core of our football, needs a ruthless and pragmatic approach if indeed we want to run proper football in our country.
The popular and consistent punishment for clubs when there is violence in a particular stadium has been being to ban the venue for some time, but what happens to the perpetrators who commit such crimes?
Responding to increasingly sophisticated strategies of football hooligans, the British police invested in the collection of evidence to treat such people as criminals.
Ramón Spaaij a researcher at Amsterdam School for Social Science Research in University of Amsterdam
Came up with a research title THE PREVENTION OF FOOTBALL HOOLIGANISM: A TRANSNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE into the English football where they classified hooliganism as ‘English disease’
He concluded on how the English attacked the ‘English disease’ in a 10-page document.
The major factor that helped the English was treating these hooligans as criminals.
A country where a referee has been killed by hooligans should get serious.
Few of such incidences have occurred this season already but no other but banning of venues have been the norm
I believe, Ghana Football Association can do more, I believe the punishment for such violent incidence at match venues is not just laughable but preposterous and needs to change.
In the 2018 world cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal, FIFA ordered a replay of the game after it was established that the center referee Joseph Lamptey was compromised to influence the results.
Ghana Football Association must adopt that principle to one:
Gives assurance to supporters that even if a referee’s error in their decision(s) has an impact on the results, the match will be played again.
The FA should be honest and tell clubs if any form of hooliganism is recorded in any venue that club will be ban for 10 years.
I believe this statement of caution, will be enough to scare clubs and their supporters not to engage in any form of violence.
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