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Ghana FA ban referee Kennedy Padi for wrongly awarding Kotoko penalty to defeat Hearts in Ghana Premier League cliffhanger

The Ghana Football Association have banned referee Joseph Kenny Padi for the rest of the 2021/22 league season after the Match Review Panel’s decision that the referee erred in awarding the penalty to Asante Kotoko in their Ghana Premier League match day 24 game against Hearts of Oak.

In other decisions of the panel, referee Misbaw Mohammed and assistant Kenneth Tweneboah-Kodua have also been suspended for the rest of the season for erring in the decision to award a penalty to Medeama SC in their match against King Faisal FC.

SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT
In the 14th minute of play, Referee Kenny Padi awarded a dubious penalty to Asante Kotoko when Hearts of Oak player, Nurudeen Abdul-Aziz won a 50-50 ball in their 18-yard box from Fabio Gama (No. 10) of Asante Kotoko.

Referee’s Response:

The referee insisted that the Hearts player stepped on the foot of the Kotoko player which he later agreed that there was no stepping of foot after watching the video. He then defended that there was a push and pull at a point, which the video clearly showed that it was not the case.

OBSERVATIONS, FINDINGS AND GROUNDS OF THE DECISION

Per the video watched in relation to the 14th minutes incident, player number 24 of Hearts of Oak challenged player number 10 of Asante Kotoko fairly. There was no foul committed which warranted any penalty. The hand on the back of the attacker had no impact on the attacker.

More so the attacker should not have fallen backwards if the fall was because of the hand of the defender, obviously it was not a push so falling backward suggest a premeditated attempt to fake a foul.

We also considered some factors:

If there was pushing as claimed by the referee, we did not see any movement of the arm from the back to forward. Meaning no HAND MOVEMENT.

Neither pulling movement from front to back.

The attacker was already throwing himself down in a completely strange way.

If there was pulling or pushing as claimed by the referee, the attacker should have fallen on the face and not with his back as seen in the video. (FOOTBALL UNDERSTANDING).

The video also showed quite a number of inconsistencies in his decisions during his officiating of the match especially after the penalty incident. The referee lost concentration.

DECISION(S)

The Panel concluded that, per the video watched, and the referee’s defense is in contrast.

Per the video watched the Panel holds the view that the referee erred in awarding the penalty. This error changed the outcome of the match.

Therefore, the Referee Joseph Kenny Padi is suspended for the rest of the season. This includes all GFA organized matches.

Credit: Ghana FA

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