Journalist assaulted at a Ghana league match

July 22, 2016


Hrts Fans

A section of the fans

Some fans at the Accra Stadium, Wednesday, attacked sports journalist, Samuel Boakye-Buckman, as he made his way to the post-match presser after Hearts of Oak’s 1-0 home win over Berekum Chelsea.

Boakye-Buckman has made a name for himself through sports photo journalism, and is active on social media, predominantly Facebook. sources suspect that a misconstrued ‘harmless’ comment he posted on Facebook after Hearts’ 1-0 win away to Hasaacas on match week 19, might have irked the hooligans who attacked him.

Another source claims that the attack was a ‘follow-up’ to a verbal assault the journo had earlier suffered from one of Hearts’ top officials via phone, who apparently, had also been misinformed on the contents of Samuel’s Facebook post.

Boakye-Buckman, famously known within local media circles as “Dada Oliseh”, is said to have posted the comments; “I don’t care [about Hearts victory over Hasaacas]”

“I have indefinitely suspended my support for the club [Hearts] until they defeat arch rivals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko when they meet on Sunday” on a Facebook post he had been tagged in.

The latter of the two comments might have incurred the wrath.

However, Boakye-Buckman, highly motivated by the passion for journalism, though suffering a sprained wrist from the attack, has since returned to work.

Lately, there has been a loud cry to stamp out hooliganism in all its forms, as part of measures to develop Ghana football.

However, Boakye-Buckman’s fate and several other instances of hooliganism defeats the purpose of that clarion call, consequently stagnating the development of domestic football.


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