The Ghana Football Association has communicated that Karela FC are to play behind closed doors following their inability to follow the Covid-19 protocols in match week 13 of the Ghana Premier League.
The Western based side suffered their first home defeat in 5 years against Kumasi Asante Kotoko to move out of top spot and have now been sanctioned by the GFA for breaching Covid-19 protocols.
In a communique issued on the official website of the FA, the governing body asserted that the club has been referred to the GFA Disciplinary Committee and until the committee determines their case, they will play without any fans at the stadium.
“The GFA condemns, without any reservations, the violations of the GFA Matchday Protocols – Lack of Social Distancing, Number of Spectators etc – that took place at the CAM Park, Aiyinase.
2. That Karela FC, the home club, is immediately referred to the Disciplinary Committee concerning the breaches of the provisions of the approved GFA Matchday Protocols. The Disciplinary Committee has been tasked to sit on this matter expeditiously.
3. That until the case is fully determined, Kerela United FC shall play their Home matches behind Closed Doors at the CAM Park, Aiyinase.
4. That in playing behind Closed Doors at the CAM Park, Aiyinase, only Ten (10) Management Members of Karela United FC will be allowed at the stadium and Ten (10) Management Members for Away clubs. Only Twenty (20) media persons shall be allowed (to be accredited by the GFA). No other person shall in attendance.
5. That further actions (including but not limited to stadium ban) may be taken should there be any further violations of the GFA Matchday Protocols by Karela United FC.
6. That all other clubs are to take note and comply strictly with the GFA COVID-19 Matchday Protocols. The GFA wishes to sound a note of caution to all members (especially Premier League clubs, Division One League clubs, Women’s Premier League clubs, lower league clubs) and stakeholders that the Association will not hesitate to take action(s) to ensure strict adherence to the national COVID-19 Protocols as well as its approved GFA Matchday Protocols.
The GFA wishes to assure all Ghanaians that the Association will continue to support the national fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Association has urged all clubs to continue with the education of all their supporters and the public on the COVID-19 protocols.
The Association will continue its engagements with all relevant stakeholders for the safety of all. Let us all be good Ambassadors.”