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Kotoko condemn training ground violence

11:10 BST 07/04/2017
Kotoko coach Dzravko Logarusic
The Porcupine Warriors management has issued warning to local supporters following training ground violence on Thursday

Asante Kotoko have condemned the chaos caused by a section of their supporters at the club's training ground in Kumasi on Thursday ahead of the upcoming game against Ebusua Dwarfs.

Irate supporters prevented head coach Zdravko Lugarusic from making his way into the facility, after all the players and the rest of the technical team had entered.

They locked the gates, threatened and verbally assaulted him due to the team’s recent poor results in the Ghana Premier League.

It took security men and club officials close to an hour to bring the situation under control before training began.

Kotoko have gone three games without a win, picking one point and scoring one goal in the process. The recent slump has seen them surrendering their lead to Wafa and now sitting third on the log with 18 points, two behind the Academy Boys.

“The Management of Asante Kotoko condemns in no uncertain terms, the unwarranted, near-disruption of the team’s training session on Thursday afternoon by some fans who, in a rather unsporting manner, attempted to prevent coach Zdravko Logarusic from working at the Adako Jachie training ground,” a club statement read.

“Management was shocked by the very unfortunate development. We warn that, we will not tolerate such misbehaviour by any individual or group of fans. Ghana is governed by laws. The use of any action outside of our laws to resolve differences is therefore condemnable.

''We appreciate the concerns of our fans over issues in the club. We however insist that, awkward interferences in the team’s programme cannot be the way out. Management does not and will not endorse actions that seek to threaten the security of our coach and Kotoko personnel.

The statement added: ''Such actions do not only hurt the spirit of the club, they also bring our good name into disrepute. Management will not countenance misbehavior from any quarters. Fans must live by the dictates of the rule of law. We believe our fans play key roles in the club. We insist, however, that, fans must use proper channels to address any concerns they have.

“We assure Zdrvako Logarusic and all Kotoko personnel of maximum security. We are fully in control of affairs. We implore our fans to remain calm and focus on our next league game against Ebusua Dwarfs at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium this Sunday.”