Monday, 18 December 2017

Gyan commends GFA forpetitioning FIFA

By Daniel ODURO
The Captain of the Black Stars, AsamoahGyan has praised the Ghana Football Association for deciding to officially lodge a protest with FIFA following what many have described as daylight robbery in Ghana’s goalless draw against Uganda in Kampala on Saturday.

The result effectively killed Ghana’s slim chances of qualifying to the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Russia next June. A win for Ghana would have kept them in the reckoning at least until the final day of the qualifiers next month.
Ghana had two legitimate goals disallowed and had a strong penalty appeal waved away by the referee and his assistants in Kampala.

Ghana thought they had scored in the dying seconds only for the strike to be ruled off-side, with the Ghana players surrounding the match officials after the final whistle.
The whole of Ghana was left incensed by the poor officiating and led to calls that the Ghana Football Association (GFA), out to lodge a protest to have the game replayed and the referee punished.
The GFA duly obliged and on Saturday evening issued a statement that they (GFA) had lodged a protest with FIFA to look into the matter.
Gyan who could not make the trip to Kampala has since congratulated the GFA for taking the bold step and not letting the matter slide.
The Ghana Captain took to social networking site Twitter and said “Great step, thank you @ghanafaofficial, journalists and all fair seeking Ghanaians...the name of the game is fair play”.

This is not the first time referee Daniel Bennet has been at the centre of controversy. Indeed it would be recalled that in 2013, during the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, Bennet was subjected to abuse in the game between Togo and Tunisia.

On that night in Mbombela, Bennett denied Tunisia a clear penalty when VicentBossnou clattered through the back of OussamaDarragi. He ignored two decent Togolese shouts and then waved play on when Ben Cherifa blatantly tripped Adebayor as the Tottenham forward wandered round him. When the 5ft 10in Serge Akakpo chopped down Youssef Msakhni, he booked the 6ft 5in Nibombe, who had been about 10 yards from the incident. And then, with 13 minutes remaining, he awarded a penalty to Tunisia as SaberKhalifa tumbled in the vicinity of Nibombe.

In the aftermath of that Togo vs Tunisia Cup of Nations game, this is how the UK Guardian and its reporter, Johnathan Wilson captured Bennet’s performance.

“When we talk of bad refereeing performances we usually mean two or three bad decisions plus a couple of borderline ones he got wrong; Bennett made at least four absolute howlers.”

This year, Ghanaian referee Joseph OdarteiLamptey was slapped with a lifetime ban by FIFA due to match manipulation.

The 43-year-old was found guilty for awarding a controversial penalty to South Africa in their 2-1 win over Senegal in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Lamptey was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par. 1 (unlawfully influencing match results) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November 2016. FIFA later declared that the game will be replayed in November 2017.

Ghanaians want the same punishment meted out to Daniel Bennett and if possible a replay ordered.

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