Pure Joy supporters attack referee, policeman

ACCRA-based Assistant Referee One Aaron Bediako was attacked and beaten up by supporters and officials of Pure Joy Stars during a tension-packed Zone 3 Division One League game against Danbort FC played at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence pitch at Prampram on Sunday.

This was after the assistant referee had raised his flag to draw the attention of the centre referee,Akuffo Yirenkyi, who had signaled for a penalty in the 86th minute.

Moments after raising his flag, supporters and officials of the home team badgered on the hapless Bediako and beat him up. A policeman who came to the rescue of the referee, was not spared either – a situation which held up play for a quarter of an hour.

The nasty incident occurred when the visitors were leading 2-1, with Pure Joy hunting desperately for the equalizer on an afternoon in which security was woefully inadequate.

Pure Joy were the first to score through a penalty in the 43rd minute, but Danbort equalised 10 minutes into the second half and went ahead 2-1 on the 72nd minute. The most controversial moment of the game came when Class One referee Yirenkyi signaled for another spot-kick which his assistant countered – resulting in the assault of the latter.

The assistant referee later told the Times Sports that he felt his colleague might have taken the second penalty “in order to save our lives.

“There was clear simulation and even that occurred outside the box, and I was surprised my colleague pointed to the spot,” he added.

By John Viga

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