A committee has been set up by the government of Ghana to look into the cause of the soccer tragedy on May 9. The stampede left 126 people dead and thousands injured.
According to Kingsley Karimu,head of Chancery for the Ghana embassy in Washington,D.C,a lot of rumors have been spread about what caused the incident.
“People are throwing reasons,justifications and blame,” he said. “The government is setting up a committee to investigate what really led to the incident.”
The committee will be led by Sam Okudzeto,a prominent lawyer in Ghana.
The tragedy occurred five minutes before the end of a soccer match between two premier Ghanaian league rivals.
Accra's Heart of Oaks were leading 2-1 against Assante's Kotoko when Assante supporters started throwing chairs and bottles onto the field,according to Associated Press reports.
Police fired tear gas,creating panic in the stands as spectators rushed to the gate of the stadium to escape the gas.
The committee will investigate rumors claiming that the gate was locked,the crowd was unruly,and whether or not the tear gas was necessary.
Thomas Rongen,head coach of D.C United,is heartbroken by the tragic incident.
“Anytime something like this happens you only feel sadness,” he said. “It tells you how passionate they are about the sport.”
Abdul Thompson-Conteh,a soccer player for D.C United from Sierra-Leone is overwhelmed by the fact that people died needlessly.
“As a player,it is a difficult thing to watch,” he said. “That is not what we as players want.”
The committee is expected to make its first report in 30 days.