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Hearts of Oak ban Laryea Kingston for beating up club accountant

Published on: 06 February 2013

Former Ghana international Laryea Kingston has been "suspended indefinitely" by his club Hearts of Oak after their accountant complained of being "assaulted in the full glare of the supporters" by the midfielder.

Kingston, 33, has had his fair share of negative publicity in the past having reportedly tried to punch then-Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac after being omitted from the 2010 World Cup squad, while he has previously clashed with a Hearts fan and publicly criticised a former coach.

The latest incident, which took place after a friendly game against Apex FC last Friday, came after Kingston was accused of "playing truant" over the past two months as he seeks a new club.

The former Heart of Midlothian player was told his wages would be withdrawn but reacted angrily when the club's accountant delivered the news to him.

"Management decided to withhold the player's January salary and the letter communicating the decision was signed by the accountant and handed to him at the Accra Stadium," an official statement from Hearts of Oak read.

"Laryea Kingston took offence and crumpling the letter, hit the accountant with it on the upper chest and knocked it down his under-shirt through the neck hole. Subsequently, the player rained insults on the club official who was only performing a duty assigned him by management. This incident happened in the full view of supporters of the club some of whom have, upon our request, corroborated the story.

"In view of the above, and against the background of a similar act of gross insubordination towards then head coach C.K Akunnor at the preseason camp in Secondi which resulted in Laryea Kingston's suspension and subsequent pardon, management has decided to impose an indefinite suspension without pay on the player. The player is further warned to abandon his disruptive behaviour or risk outright dismissal from the club."

Comments

  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    February 06, 2013 06:22 am
    WAT AN UNCULTURED, PRIMTIVE GUY. HE IS NOT A HEARTS OF OAK MATERIAL. JUST GET HIM OFF THE BOOKS. INFACT, HAVE HIM ARRESTED AND CHARGE HIM WITH ASSAULT. HE THINKS THE CLUB BELONGS TO HIS FATHER...ABOA!
  • Fresher says:
    February 06, 2013 08:35 am
    This is more like a the tail-wagging-the-dog affair, when Laryea Kingston acted bigger than the whole Hearts of Oak entity when he assaulted an opponent and threatened a club official and rebelled against His Coach CK AKKUNOR some time last season, I made a whole lots of credibly-grim prediction about how detrimental and destructive this guy's attitude would be for Hearts of Oaks's decades old good image if he was not punished, yet Hearts of Oaks went and made him felt as an untoucheable soul of the club by sacking Akkunor and then went back to beg Laryea to come and play against their age-old rivals. This is the grim prediction that gradually coming with a predicted grim vengeance. If Laryea is not sacked from the club for good, he will the cub's great like Alhaji Hearts, Harry Zakkour, Frank Nelson etc, with some beatings.
  • lalasu says:
    February 06, 2013 08:38 am
    he is just frustrated
  • Unknown says:
    February 06, 2013 09:33 am
    Once a fool, always a fool.
  • Dr Who says:
    February 06, 2013 09:35 am
    I blame HOA management for this assault.Didnt they sack CK and brought back Laryea after his uncivilised behaviour towards CK.They embarrassed CK and adored Laryea‘s disrespectful behaviour by that decision they took.Now, he will beat the hell out of everybody who comes his way.Now the likes of Aziz Haruna Futa should bow their heads in shame for the role they played in embarrasing the former Black Stars captain.Is HOA not worse off after sacking CK?
  • Boba Fett says:
    February 06, 2013 09:58 am
    CK has indeed been vindicated. However Hearts management should take the blame here. They failed to show leadership skills. You don't hand over such a letter or communicate this after a match. The best thing is have a chat with him at the Hearts Secretariat then u hand over the letter. If he misbehaves after showing him that respect then you can blame Laryea. What do you expect when you disrespect him by handing over the letter at the stadium. This is not to condone Laryea's behaviour.
  • Boba Fett says:
    February 06, 2013 09:59 am
    CK has indeed been vindicated. However Hearts management should take the blame here. They failed to show leadership skills. You don’t hand over such a letter or communicate this after a match. The best thing is have a chat with him at the Hearts Secretariat then u hand over the letter. If he misbehaves after showing him that respect then you can blame Laryea. What do you expect when you disrespect him by handing over the letter at the stadium. This is not to condone Laryea’s behaviour.
  • junior mafia says:
    February 06, 2013 11:19 am
    He strangled da accountant he did not beat him...hearts of oak is to blame dey backed him wen ck was da coach they made him think he is bigger than da club dis is wat u get..how can a player go for a trail overseas without da clubs knowledge? He dnt respect no one in da team..he should b sacked
  • CEREBRAL says:
    February 06, 2013 12:06 pm
    There is a pattern of volatile behavior in Laryea Kingston. The man has a history of violence. He started it all. Let's face it! Laryea is a talented football player, there are even videos on youtube as evidence of his great football abilities. Why does he always have problems with management in European clubs, the Black Stars, etc. A letter can be given to anyone at anytime. If Laryea is upset with the contents of the letter he should seek legal action and not turn himself into a bully. He is becoming the proverbial gangster, in an 'imagined wild west movie'. With the talent that Laryea has, he needs to show class and not allow management flaws to turn him into a BULLY, because sooner or later it will be too late to dodge the consequences of his assaults!!! He should seek to go down in history as a great football player rather than a pugilist.
  • shaun says:
    February 06, 2013 12:24 pm
    C.K. Akunnor has surely been vindicated. I rememebr the statement he made that "time will tell if he really is the problem". Truths are unfolding now. Best of luck CK and may the Oak Tree see a revival.
  • Kwaku Tee says:
    February 06, 2013 01:35 pm
    He's suffering from what psychologists call deficiency in parental upbringing,did you people remember how the mother reacted when a lady from Denmark reported that he has taken his phone?He has refuse to grow,looking at where he has gone through in his career I expect him to behave well especially playing for a team like Hearts.The team should quickly dismiss him,he doesn't give a good image to the club.
  • Askantwi says:
    February 06, 2013 03:54 pm
    True, you are right.
  • Thegreatest says:
    February 06, 2013 07:09 pm
    DSM 5
  • Complex says:
    February 07, 2013 02:12 pm
    Laryer,ur behaviour towards teams gurus is nothing good 2 write home about. This is NOT,NOT,NOT. it my prayer dat none of ur child shounld learn this mmmmm.....?