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Referee in Hearts v Aduana game suspended for awarding wrong penalty

Published on: 24 November 2021

Referee Eso Doh Morrison has been handed an eight match suspension by the match review panel of the Ghana Football Association. 

The referee awarded Aduana Stars a 78th minute penalty and also red carded defender Mohammed Alhassan, which the penal after review stated were wrong.

A statement after the review read: "Per the video watched, the 23rd minute complaint did not show any clear contact of the two players involved in the tackle. In the 63rd minute, there was a clear contact in the tackle between player of Heart No. 9 and Aduana player No. 24, but the referee rather judged it as a fair tackle instead of a foul.

"The referee erred. In the 78th minute incident, player No. 15 of Hearts of Oak and player number 10 of Aduana were involved in contesting for the ball in the penalty area of Hearts of Oak. The referee awarded a penalty and a red card against the Hearts player number 15. This in our view was a wrong decision taken by the referee."

The judgement by the FA read: "The referee (Eso Doh Morrison) is hereby suspended for eight (8) matchdays effective from the date of communication for the multiple errors committed during the match."

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