A terrible story has unravelled in Ghana over the past few weeks as a linesman was killed after he was beaten up during a second division match.
According to reports, assistant referee Kwame Andoh Kyei was attacked by fans of the Gold Stars in their game against Naa Joe United on March 2nd. Kwame Andoh Kyei was 21-years-old.
Kwesi Nyantakyi, the President of the Ghanaian FA, has since released a statement of condolence, saying:
Our thoughts and prayers and those of the wider GFA membership are with his mother Sophia Nketiah, his father Kwadwo Appiah, his family and his wide circle of friends at this sad time.
He was regarded as one of the association’s most promising up and coming referees and was highly respected by his peers. The GFA has been in touch with the family of referee Kyei since his passing to assure them of the federation’s support in this most trying of times.
There is some confusion, however, to the claims that the linesman was killed as a result of the trouble he faced at the football match.
Contradictory reports have been tabled by the brother of the victim, who reportedly told Accra-based radio station Asempa FM that his brother died from other causes.
My brother had told us he was going to officiate a match and when he returned he told us of an incident that occurred in the match. He was even joking about how one guy gave him a slap while others manhandled him. But on Friday I was called and told that my brother was vomiting blood and had fainted.