FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

25 December 2012

Gambia: Bakau Banned for Two Years

The Organising Committee of the Super Nawettan has taken a swift step by banning Bakau for two years after finding them guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct.

The ban comes 24 hours after a melee broke out triggering a free-for-all fight between fans during Bakau-Brikama Super Nawettan final held at the Serrekunda East mini-stadium on Saturday.

A hefty fine of ten thousand dalasi is added as an additional punishment on the final-turned chaotic game which led to wreckage on the East stadium facility allegedly perpetuated by Bakau fans.

"In that situation today we had an executive meeting together with the disciplinary [super] Nawettan committee .We came to a conclusion and in this case Bakau has been suspended two years with a fine of 10,000 dalasi and they are going to forfeit their 30,000 runners up prize. The D30,000 will be used to repair the damages caused to Serekunda East. The East committee are saying some of their properties have been damaged, the perimeter fence and the roves uprooted and their chairs [in complete ruin]. We have setup a committee that will discuss with the East Committee and assess the damages", Lamin Camara, a co-opted GFA official, head of Gambia referee committee and chairman of the Super Nawettan organising body disclosed at the independence stadium yesterday evening, swarmed by reporters.

While lamenting that the seized D30,000 will be inadequate to repair the vandalized stadium properties, however, delightfully disclosed that the committee pocketed a colossal figure of hundred and nineteen thousand from the aborted fracas marred final.

Bakau in 2009 faced a similar two year suspension for crowd trouble and couple with its zonal players banned from participating in Zonal football.

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