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Two referees handed 6-match ban for poor officiating

The highest decision making body of the GFA has approved the decision of the Match Review Panel to suspend Ernest Baafi and Kyeremeh Yeboah for poor officiating.

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After watching a video clip of the Ghana Premier League Match day 12 game between Dreams FC and Medeama SC, the Match Review Panel observed that Referee Ernest Baafi denied Medeama SC a penalty in the 41st minute if the game when a defender of Dreams FC tripped an attacker of Medeama in the penalty area of Dreams FC.

Referee Baafi also failed to take disciplinary action against the reserve goalkeeper of Medeama after he left his bench and rushed threatening to challenge him (Referee Baafi) on the field of play.

Referee Baafi at the panel hearing argued that, the tripping was an ‘unfortunate’ incident and he did not see it as a foul. He however agreed with the panel that he should have taken disciplinary action against the reserve goalkeeper by at least giving him a caution.

Meanwhile, the Executive Committee, after watching a video clip of the Ghana Premier League Match day 12 game between Wa All Stars and WAFA, the Match Review Panel observed that Referee Kyeremeh Yeboah awarded a bad penalty against WAFA in the 18th minute of the match.

The video of the match showed that the WAFA player only kicked the ball out of the penalty area without the ball touching his hand.

In his defence at the panel meeting, Referee Kyeremeh Yeboah tried to justify his action by giving different inconsistent reasons for awarding the penalty kick. He was unable to state any definite foul that warranted his decision.

The panel was not convinced with the defence he put up and therefore, Referee Kyeremeh Yeboah is hereby suspended for six (6) matches with effect from Match day 16.

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