The Ghana Football Association has given a 4 match day suspension to Julien Nunoo and Roland Addy who were the referee and assistant referee for King Faisal and Asante Kotoko league game on matchday 6.
Below is the decision by the Ghana Football Association
Per the video watched the Panel observed that Asante Kotoko player No. 9 who was flagged offside was really not in an offside position at the time of kick of the ball. The Assistant 2 Referee, Roland Addy’s positioning was problematic which made him take a wrong decision in ruling the player offside. Both the referee and the assistant erred in the 11th-minute decision.
The 31st minute decision by the referee not to admit a foul was a very tight decision because the video did not show clearly foul committed. The referee is therefore given the benefit of doubt.
The 37th minute reversal of a penalty that was taken against King Faisal and in favour of Asante Kotoko was a very vital decision because even if the player handled the ball, the ball came from his own teammate and therefore the defender cannot be penalized for handball. The referee took the right decision in this respect.
The 45th minute complaint of a King Faisal player wearing a pant numbering 20 and the top jersey numbering 26 even though clear in the video watched did not disqualify the player because that No. 20 was the player CMS Registered number. There was however an attempt by team officials to reconcile the two numbers to be No. 20.
As regard the complaint of eight persons on the technical bench of King Faisal, the Panel did not have the benefit of the video showing any technical bench and the number on it.
Referees official responses
In a long and detailed discussion with the referees (Center, Assist One and 4th) all attempted to explain their point of views on the match.
The Panel came to the following conclusion:
The Referee Julian Nunoo is therefore given a four (4) match day ban effective the date of communication for the clear error committed in the 11th minute of the game.
Assistant 2 (Referee Roland Addy) is also suspended for four (4) match days effective on the date of communication.
Team officials are advised to ensure the right numbers are embossed on the player’s jerseys properly.
Match Officials should also be vigilant during inspections to avoid these unacceptable mistakes in future.