By: Stephen Amos
The Ghana Football Association Disciplinary Committee has fined Asante Kotoko 36,500 Ghana cedis (US$55,500) and handed a three match ban on Serbian trainer Bogdan Korak for boycotting the medal ceremony of the 2011 President’s Cup which saw Berekum Chelsea triumph over Kotoko on penalties.
BTFTK understands the following sanctions have been charged against the Kumasi based club by the Disciplinary Committee:
• the club is to pay GH¢ 20,000 for their action
• the 6-member technical team for the match made up of coach Bogdan Korak, his assistant, Prince Acheampong, Malik Jabir, Issa Amadu, Kofi Antwi, Dr. Kwaku Boateng are to pay GH¢ 1,000 each
• the 18 players who failed to honour the medal presentation are charged with GH¢ 500 fine each
• Coach Bogdan Korak is to serve a 3-match ban and fined GH¢1,500.
BTFTK approached Kotoko's Administration and Public Affairs Manager, Ben Nti who declined to comment on the ruling but promised a 'swift' appeal Thursday.
Disgruntled Asante Kotoko amidst what they described as unfair officiating on the part of Class 1 referee Awal Mohammed on July 1, snubbed the medal and trophy presentation in the presence of the second man of the land.
Kotoko however, wrote an unqualified apology to the vice-president John Dramani Mahama to say sorry for their actions after the game.
In what looks like a double blow for Asante Kotoko, the Accra Rep, FA and Internal Relations Director of the club, Kwame Baah-Nuako is reported to have resigned his post citing his wish to further his education as his reason for tending in his resignation.