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CAF condemns fans’ scuffle with journalist at Len Clay Stadium during Kotoko vs Karela game

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has condemned an incident in Ghana, which saw a journalist thrown out during an ongoing league game.

CAF condemns fans’ scuffle with journalist at Len Clay Stadium during Kotoko vs Karela game

Andy Abraham Mantey, a journalist commentating on the game between Asante Kotoko and Karela United, was on Wednesday reportedly thrown out for disagreeing with a penalty decision awarded to the home team.

Kotoko’s second goal, a penalty that was converted by Fabio Gama, courted controversy in the aftermath of their 2-1 win.

Reports suggest the journalist, who was on commentary duty, drew the ire of some home fans when he described the referee’s decision as dubious.

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Reacting to this, CAF condemned the incident called for “for respect of media working areas and also protection of journalists covering matches.”

The continent’s football governing body also urged “local authorities to take appropriate actions and also reaffirms independence of media.”

Read the full statement from CAF below:

CAF has noted an incident that took place on Wednesday 23 June 2021, during the Ghana Premier League fixture between Asante Kotoko and Karela United where supporters entered the media working area and got involved in a physical scuffle with a media representative Andy Abraham Mantey.

CAF condemned the incident and called for respect of media working areas and also protection of journalists covering matches.

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CAF calls on the local authorities to take appropriate actions and also reaffirms independence of media to report on matches without fear or favour.

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