Head coach of Asante Kotoko – Mariano Barreto was up in arms with Journalists at his last post match conference on Sunday, taking swipes at media men in turns after the Porcupine Warriors 0-1 defeat to Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium.
A visibly angry Barreto was seen returning fire with fire to the extent of questioning the professional integrity of one journalist who wanted to know what disciplinary action will be meted out to Emmanuel Gyamfi should he be found liable for his well publicized unsporting act on Andy Okpe at the Theatre of Dreams on matchweek 29.
The Asante Kotoko captain is captured in a viral video stepping on the foot of the Inter Allies attacker in an off the ball incident in the 65th minute of the game.
In view of that, the Ghana Football Association has charged Emmanuel Gyamfi for a breach of Article 34[d] of the GFA Premier League Regulations, 2019 which frowns against player indiscipline.
A journalist at the press conference wanted to know from Barreto if he has plans to punish Emmanuel Gyamfi for his misconduct should the FA finds him guilty:
Journalist: Coach I want to know because in Europe when these things happen to captains of a sides they are been stripped off their captaincy so what are you going to do to Emmanuel Gyamfi.
Barreto: Can I answer?
Are you a Journalist or a supporter of Asante Kotoko?
It’s one thing being a journalist and there’s another thing being a supporter. Let’s talk about this game because there are many incidents in the game we can talk about.
Maybe someone slipped into him or someone kicked him which got him provoked, you may not know.
The Portuguese coach also got exasperated when asked if he would admit that Hearts of Oak were the better side on the day.
Journalist: Coach would you admit that Hearts of Oak were a better side than Asante Kotoko today?
Barreto: Why, because they won?
If Okrah had scored you wouldn’t be asking me this ‘silly’ question. Okrah was in a fantastic position to score today.
You cannot say one team is better because he won, you can say they won and we will accept the win because they scored, but not to say the other team is better than Kotoko.