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Paintsil should be stripped off high rank in Black Stars - critics

Published on: 23 February 2013

John Paintsil is in danger of getting stripped off his leadership role in the Black Stars after allegedly assaulting his wife on Friday.

The 31-year-old was arrested by the Police upon a neighbor’s official complaint after detecting the domestic altercation between the couple.

Paintsil was reported to have hit out at his wife, Richlove following her persistent inquest into ‘false’ allegations of infidelity on the part of the Hapoel Tel Aviv right-back.

The ex Fulham player has been accused of breaking camp rules by bedding prostitutes at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The allegation vehemently denied by the Ghana FA and the player appears to be putting immense strain on the marriage – leading to Friday’s fracas.

Paintsil’s disappointing reaction to his wife’s persistent inquest has been heavily criticized by many who expect better of the role model.

Some are now making calls to have the regarded deputy captain of the Black Stars discounted as his conduct sets a bad example of leadership.

Paintsil who is one of the faces of Ghana's educational campaign; 'One Goal' emerged one of the leading players in the Black Stars team during the 2013 Nations Cup.

He is acclaimed as a symbol of calm and inspiration by his teammates especially the young ones in South Africa.

His reputation from which he commands a lot of respect is now suspect following his recent problems.

He has now emerged a clear target for ridicule amongst his teammates and must not continue to occupy a high rank in the Black Stars – the critics have argued.

It is unclear at this point whether the Ghana FA will indeed consider these suggestions being made with the intent of protecting the public image of the national team.

Several world class athletes have had their professional and commercial relationships with reputable firms cancelled for engaging in social vices including assault.

These firms pull the plugs on these lucrative deals in order to protect their brands associated with icons suddenly gone bad.

Are you in support of the critics' stand about John Paintsil or it is much to do about nothing?

Make your thoughts known by commenting in the box below.


  • Fred Bortey Kyeremeh says:
    February 24, 2013 06:02 am
    Do not believe everything u read....we are sensible enough to read in between the lines...Paintsil has not been proven guilty is only an allegation....Let us cry our own cry. Let us not rejoice over the 'fall' of another man...None is righteous before the LORD.
  • the truth says:
    February 24, 2013 12:42 am
    i didnt read the article but i personaly believe Paintsil should not be allowed into the national team again. i am truly truly disappointed in him. How can you beat your wife and then slap your neighbors for offering her shelter?? Paintsil needs to be in jail and removed from the black stars.
  • GBORMOEHII says:
    February 23, 2013 10:12 pm
    He who is of no sin should cast the first stone. Those of us who think that we so perfect and are writing all kind of the guy; do we think we have a clean hand or we hiding ours and talking about someone else. Where is that so called "hotel" journalist who claim he was holding the thigh of the prostitute as John was doing the "thing". I should believe he has achieved his reason by now. We should feel ashamed of ourselves in this nation. I hope we leave this guy alone
  • Kwame says:
    February 23, 2013 09:50 pm
    I hope no one misunderstood the point I was trying to make. The writer of this article made unsubstantiated claims and should have done a better job in giving sources to back up his or her claims. But I was in no way defending domestic violence. To me it is a very serious matter. Unlike many of you, I don't believe it should be a matter that should simply stay in the home behind closed doors. That is exactly the mode of thinking that perpetuates violence. With that said, Paintsil's wife is not pressing charges, so no one besides the two of them will ever know what happened. But too often, it is implied that it is either the woman's fault, or a "family" matter that should be kept private. Violence is violence. If a footballer slapped an opposing footballer, he would be banned for violent behavior. If he did it in the street to a stranger, he would be charged with assault. If he does it to his wife, who is weaker, everyone turns their heads the other way. It is a completely backward reasoning.
  • Dr Who says:
    February 23, 2013 08:36 pm
    ‘Let the righteous cast the first stone‘...everybody should chop your house matter! Appiah Stadium,God will punish you & the devil will whoop your ass!
  • selfmade says:
    February 23, 2013 07:45 pm
    @ writer... u make no fucking sense dude!!! U said he is regarded as the deputy captain and from your viewpoint u not sure if he is so what privileges do u want the gfa to strip him off?? Tell me dummy!! Painstil is not the official deputy captain and if he sometimes take the hand band when the captain is being substituted so what is the sense in your stupid article!! Again,yoh said its alleged that he beats his wife,so it could be true or false so why hurriedly put this article forward because in common law or even laymens law,a person is not guilty until proven by a competent court so what's your fucking agenda dummy!!! Lastly,according to u,his teammates respect him so he should be demoted from his highly respected position in the bs,but what u failed to recognised( i don't blame u because u have a pea brain),is that respect is earned but not gained and painstil has earned his mates respect thru hardwork!! Mister gyimi,ofui,is not all pple who are like u,for all you know his teammates sympathise with him and ghanaians are too smart to take advice such a clown!!! Stop destroying pple but rather lets encourage one another!!! If u have never sinned before,i dare u to cast the first stone!!! Viva the revolutionciooooooooooooo!!!!
  • David Agbemavor says:
    February 23, 2013 06:28 pm
    you're correct fella, the story has no head, why should gsn put that story on the web
  • selfmade says:
    February 23, 2013 06:07 pm
    This is nobodys fucking business and has nothing to do with any fucking black stars!! Leave the poor guy the fuck alone because pantsil has being one of the most faithful and patriotic ghanaian player of recent memory and his wife issues has nothing to do with the black stars!!!! This is your own fucking opinion and has no fucking bear on ghanaians and mister don't to force your foolish opinion on anybody!!! Paintsil ll continue to be a role model and ll continued to be a leader in the bs,whether u like it or yes!!!! Your article stinks and find some corner to dose off and don't come to disturb us with your stinking articles!!! Viva the revolutionciiiiiiiooooooooooo
  • selfmade says:
    February 23, 2013 06:19 pm
    Mr writer,after smoking your wee topping it down with some alomo bitters or apeteshie,u need to brush your fucking teeth so that your alomo mouth ll be clear before coming here to spew bullshits because we are tired of your akurase writings!!! Moreover,if after taking your woduro( cocaine,wee or sniffing some glue) and u feel energized and strong and have nothing to do,i suggest u go to your fathers village,find some thick forest and exhaust all the useless energy in your dwarf body rather than coming here to expose your stupidity which am fully aware was genetically transferred from your alcoholic papa dna to u!!! Your fucking and sicking phd syndrome ll never take u anywhere and is better u start using that your useless brain profitable sucker!!! Motherfuckeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! All that u want is someone ll have a problem and u ll come here with your distorted,incoherent and schizophrenia pieces which doesn't make no sense!!! Leave paintsil alone because,abeg u nor be his size!!! Viva the revolutionciooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
  • MAWULI says:
    February 23, 2013 05:24 pm
  • Kwame says:
    February 23, 2013 05:34 pm
    Who are these critics? You didn't use a single quote. And why did you use scare quotes around the word "false" or even include the word altogether? This entire article appears to be a subjective claim written by the author. Either that, or you are publishing hearsay. Does this site have editors? This website is the first to ridicule other news organizations for publishing unsubstantiated claims, and there are no names of these so-called critics anywhere, nor quotes. I implore you to do better reporting. Your credibility is seriously lacking. Just ask the question, if that is the purpose of publishing this. And to answer your question, domestic abuse is always a serious matter, whether you are a football star or not. If there is evidence that it has occurred, then of course action should be taken, especially if you are representing your country. We are in the 21st century, after all.
  • Fred Bortey Kyeremeh says:
    February 24, 2013 06:02 am
    Do not believe everything u read....we are sensible enough to read in between the lines...Paintsil has not been proven guilty is only an allegation....Let us cry our own cry. Let us not rejoice over the 'fall' of another man...None is righteous before the LORD.
  • Kojosavio says:
    February 24, 2013 08:12 am
    Most disappointing news i have ever read. Must make everyone aware of this ridiculous article. Where is the ethics in journalism.