Jerome Otchere, Editor of Kotoko Express is of the view that you will be a total joke to relate the supporter’s behavior to the statement Ali Maradona made.
The deputy operations director for the Kumasi based club called on the supporters to shout for penalty before their match against Aduana Stars in the week 24 fixture in an interview he granted with Kumasi based Nhyira FM. Kotoko drew with the Dormaa based club but the supporters tried to harass the referee because he was not fair to Kotoko.
Many is of the view that the club should be punished because Ali Maradona’s statement influenced the supporters to attack the referee but Jerome believes that you will be a joke to relates the supporters behavior to the statement of their deputy operations director made.
“It is not true that Ali Maradona’s statement incited the supporters to attack the referee.” Jerome told Asempa Sports in an interview.
“For me, it was a rally calling so anybody who says his rally calling made the supporters attack the referee that person has something against Kotoko because he was only calling on the supporters to come and cheer the club up.
“There was a goal but the referee disallowed it but if the supporters really harass the referee then we should all condemn it because we are saying that we don’t want hooliganism in our league.
Quizzed on what incited to the supporters to attack the referee, Jerome said, “It is anger that led to what the supporters did but we should condemn that because personally I was disappointed to see the team draw but it does not give me the authority to harass the referee. I feel sad for the supporters but I will say let condemn it and leave it to the Disciplinary Committee.
“Anybody who tries to link what the supporters did to the statement of Ali Maradona made will be a big joke because Ali was only calling on the supporters to come to support the club but if he should have said the supporters should come to the stadium and misbehave, then we should condemn that but I don’t see anything wrong with what Ali said.
“Personally I saw three penalties but the referee was in the best position to judge it but after the match I only went back to the house. The supporters should be careful because they can put the team into trouble but as it stands let leave everything into the hands of the Disciplinary Committee.” He added.