The 'Champion of Champions' football final in Accra, Ghana, was abandoned when a mass brawlbroke out involving players, spectators, police and football officials.
TV PAN Accra Hearts of Oak (wearing green, playing right to left) kick off and attack Asante Kotoko (wearing white) in Championship final in Accra, Ghana - Kotoko goalkeeper gains possession and throws to his backs who kick up field -- Hearts regain possession and put a long ball through the middle
TV Hearts No. 9, Lamptey, collects long ball and scores
LV Scoreboard 1-0 to Hearts
TV Kotoko kick off and attack down right wing
TV Linesman indicates infringement
TV Free kick near Hearts goal line -- ball rebounds from a defender back to Razak who kicks it a second time to score from deflection off goalkeeper
LV Scoreboard 1-1
TV Kotoko attack, Hearts No. 5 handles, and Kotoko awarded penalty
LVs Crowd watches as Kotoko's No. 4, Gibrine, misses penalty (2 shots)
GV PAN Crowd at half time
TVs Hearts attack in second half, and crowd watches (2 shots)
TV Hearts' Lamptey takes free kick near Kotoko goal line and scores
SV Scoreboard 2-1 to Hearts
TV Kotoko attack and awarded penalty after goal mouth scramble
GV Crowd on terraces
TV Mounted police and security forces try to control crowd on pitch, and surround prostrate Hearts player
TV Injured Hearts player carried off by team mates and officials
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The 'Champion of Champions' football final in Accra, Ghana, was abandoned when a mass brawlbroke out involving players, spectators, police and football officials. The home-town side, Hearts of Oak, were tow-one up towards the end. But when the referee awarded a penalty to Asante Kotoko -- the 'Porcupine warriors' -- Hearts objected. A 15-minute brawl ended with too few players left for the match to continue.
SYNOPSIS: But the first 75 minutes of the championship final produced everything good football should be. Heart of Oak in green, kicking right to left, launched into the offensive. It was only nimble footwork and quick handling by the Asante keeper that saved a goal in the first few minutes. But he was let down by his defence line -- they didn't clear it far enough back up the pitch, and Hearts of Oak regained possession for a second early crack at goal. Hearts' number nine, Peter lamptey, nicknamed the 'goal thief', made no mistake with the ball and in the tenth minute he put the home side one-nil up.
Kotoko slipped in down the right side of the pitch after the kick-off. Hearts soon began having trouble fighting off the younger team -- and in the excitement two fouls were awarded against Hearts in minutes. Kotoko took advantage of the first free kick to level the score. Abdul Razak banged it in after a tricky rebound.
Kotoko continued pressing -- and the Oaks' defence line handled the ball. Another penalty -- but this time the Porcupine Warriors' full back, Tanko Gibrine, wasted the opportunity.
The half-time break seemed to put some fire into the Oaks. They stated on the offensive -- and after some juggling were awarded a foul against Kotoko, on almost exactly the same spot as the one which gave the visitors their equaliser. The 'goal-thief' hammered in once again. Hearts two, Kotoko one.
A penalty was awarded to Kotoko as they sought the equaliser -- and that's when the trouble started. Hearts protested, and Anas Seidu attacked the referee as the kick was about to be taken. Police and officials rushed onto the pitch to break up a general brawl, and spectators joined in.
15 minutes later, the referee decided there weren't enough players left standing for the match to continue.