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‘It’s unacceptable!’ – SWAG condemns assault on journalist by Black Stars security

The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has condemned the attack on journalist Seidu Adamu by a Black Stars security official before the Mexico vs Ghana game on Sunday.

SWAG condemns assault on journalist by Black Stars security, says it's unacceptable

Adamu, a former editor of the website 442 Ghana, who’s currently based in the United States, took to social media on Monday to narrate how he was assaulted unprovoked.

The journalist identified his attacker as a Black Stars security official called Aziz and said he had been left with some bruises.

This sparked criticism from fellow journalists, who called out the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and demanded justice for their colleague.

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SWAG has also joined the calls, with a statement released by its president Kwabena Yeboah describing the assault as unacceptable.

"The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has condemned an assault on Ghanaian sports journalist and a member of the association, Mr Seidu Adamu, by one of the security details of the Black Stars at the team’s camp in the United States of America (USA) prior to Ghana’s international friendly match with Mexico last Saturday. SWAG is dismayed at the unprovoked attack on Mr Adamu at the team’s hotel lobby by the overzealous security official, identified as Aziz Yaro,” a statement from SWAG said.

"Ironically, the reported incident occurred several minutes after the victim had exchanged pleasantries with leading officials of the Ghana Football Association, including the FA's President, Mr Kurt Simeon-Okraku, and the General Secretary, Mr Prosper Harrison Addo, in the presence of other Ghanaian journalists.”

The statement further urged the Ghana FA to investigate the matter and hold the perpetrator of the attack accountable.

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"Following the incident, SWAG President, Mr Kwabena Yeboah, promptly engaged with some members of the FA's leadership to voice his strong protest the official's actions and seek an amicable resolution to the case.

“Mr Yeboah also took the opportunity to emphasise the need for the FA leadership to hold their errant official accountable, given that he had previously been implicated in similar acts of aggression towards journalists in the course of their duties.

"While the attack on Mr Adamu is unacceptable, SWAG is encouraged that the GFA President and General Secretary took the matter seriously and directed Mr Aziz Yaro to issue a personal apology to Mr Adamu in full view of the officials at the team's camp,” the statement added.

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