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Match Review Panel announce decisions on three complaints

Published on: 22 April 2022

The GFA Match Review Panel has been suspended Referee Isaac Osei for erring in the decision not to award a penalty in favour of Legon Cities FC in their Ghana Premier League Matchweek 24 Berekum Chelsea FC.

The Panel also suspended Referee Felix Agbozo has also been suspended for the rest of the season for erring in the decision to award a penalty to Samartex FC in their match against Ebusua Dwarfs FC.

The Review Panel however commended Assistant Referee 1, Fredrick Danful for the offside decision in the 31st minute of the Ghana Premier League match between Techiman Eleven Wonders FC vs Asante Kotoko SC

Below are decisions announced by the Match review panel:

  1. BEREKUM CHELSEA VS. LEGON CITIES (MATCH DAY 24)

SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT

  1. In the 37th minute of play, the Referee awarded a penalty to Berekum Chelsea and an alleged foul by Legon Cities player number 5 on Berekum Chelsea player number 53.
  1. The Referee denied Legon Cities a penalty for a foul committed by Berekum Chelsea’s goalkeeper in the 42nd minute. The goalkeeper was seen dragging the Legon Cities player down by grabbing him with both hands around the neck.

OBSERVATIONS, FINDINGS AND GROUNDS OF THE DECISION

  1. In the 37th minute of the match, a defender of Legon Cities fouled an attacker of Berekum Chelsea. The referee awarded a penalty to Berekum Chelsea. Per the video watched the angle of foul was not clear. For the benefit of doubt the referee was in a better position to have seen the foul.
  1. In the 42nd minute incident, the goalkeeper of Berekum Chelsea was clearly seen pulling down Legon Cities player number 21 in the penalty area. This was a clear incident of foul which the referee ignored. Thus, an obvious penalty was ignored.

Referees Response

The referee was invited to explain his decisions. He explained why he gave the first penalty but was quick to accept that he erred completely for not awarding penalty to Legon Cities in the second incident.

DECISION(S)

Referee Isaac Osei’s decision changed the outcome of the match. He is therefore suspended for the rest of the season. This includes all matches organized by GFA.

2. SAMARTEX FC VS. EBUSUA DWARFS (MATCH DAY 19)

Introduction

During the sitting of the Match Review Panel, we called for the match between Samartex FC and Ebusua Dwarfs which was played during match day (19) nineteen.

Observation

In the later stages of the game, a penalty was awarded to Samartex FC per the video watched, the defender of Dwarfs in attempt to play the ball stepped on the ball and the attacker kicked it. The attacker deliberately went down without any contact from the defender and the referee picked a penalty. The Panel saw this penalty as wrongfully awarded.

Referees response

After the video was sent to him, he kept on defending that the defender of Dwarfs kicked the leg of the attacker of Samartex FC which the video did not support or showed.

Decision

The referee, Felix Agbozo erred in awarding the penalty. He is therefore suspended for the rest of the season. This includes all matches organized by GFA.

3.TECHIMAN ELEVEN WONDERS VS. ASANTE KOTOKO (MATCH DAY 21)

SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT

  1. In the 31st minute of the game, Assistant Referee 1, Fredrick Danful denied Techiman Eleven Wonders goal scored by player Laar Ibrahim (27). He flagged for an offside.

OBSERVATIONS, FINDINGS AND GROUNDS OF THE DECISION

The offside decision by the match officials in the 31st minute of the game was a good decision. At the time of the kick by the attacker of Eleven Wonders, his teammate who headed the ball was in an offside position and interfered with play. He had only one defender who was nearer to his goal line.

DECISION(S)

The Panel highly commends the match officials, especially Assistant Referee 1, (Fredrick Danful) for his brilliant decision

 

Source: ghanafa.org

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