Thursday Apr 19, 2018. 11:00
Elina Sharks bankroller Paa Kwesi Nduom has denied that supporters of the club attacked a referee during a Ghana Premier League match yesterday.
Reports in Ghanaian media claimed that Sharks supporters attacked and injured referee Yakubu Nuhu Liman during a match against Medama SC at the Ndoum Sports Complex on Wednesday.
The match was abandoned, though not because of the alleged attack, with Nduom posting the following on his Facebook timeline:
“It appears that as he (referee) was being escorted off the field by the police during half time, he tripped, fell and injured himself. As there were police personnel around plus video recording, the truth will be found soon enough.”
The businessman admitted that the situation of the match had escalated to a point where the referee needed an escort.
“A fight broke out between some Sharks and Medeama players getting to the end of the first half. The match was getting out of hand. So this is what led to the referee being escorted off the field at half time,” he explained.
“Did Elmina/home team supporters pounce on the referee and beat him badly enough for him to sustain injuries? No. Nobody laid a finger on the referee.”
He added that Medeama players refused to take to the field for the second half, because of the delay necessitated by treatment to Liman’s injuries. The match was eventually called off.
If reports that Liman was attacked are true, then it is the second time he has been assaulted in this GPL season. Fans in Berekum roughed him up when local side Chelsea hosted Dreams FC on matchday two.