Assistant Referee slapped with a year ban for disallowing a legitimate goal in Hearts of Oak vs RTU league clash

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FIFA Assistant Referee, Patrick Papala has been banned for a year for denying Hearts of Oak a legitimate goal in their Gameweek 33 encounter against Real Tamale United (RTU) at the Accra Sports Stadium.

In the dying embers of the game which ended 2-1 in favor of RTU, Assistant Referee Patrick Papala disallowed a legitimate goal scored by youngster Yaw Amankwah Baafi for offside.

Hearts of Oak were unhappy with the decision and reported the referee to the Match Review Committee. Following investigations, the panel adjudged that the referee erred in awarding in the decision, hence suspending him for a year.

Per the Match review committee, Yaw Amankwah Baafi was not in an offside position and therefore the goal should have been made to stand.

Centre Referee of the day, Foster Bastiours was also cautioned for failing to take responsibility when he saw that the goal scorer, Yaw Amankwah was not in an offside position and allowed his assistant to dictate to him. He was therefore warned to learn to take responsibility next time when he was sure that his decision was correct.

Below is the full decision:

SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT

1. a disallowed goal in the 90+ minute scored by player number 7 (Amankwah Baafi).

OBSERVATIONS, FINDINGS AND GROUNDS OF THE DECISION

Per the video watched, it was noticed that player number 7 (Amankwah Baafi) shot into goal at the time of kick the said player was not seen to be in an offside.

REFEREE OFFICIAL RESPONSE

The Assistant referee 1 (Patrick Papala) when contacted on the incident after the video was sent to him, defended his decision to give an offside insisting that the defender made an instinctive reaction and made contact with the ball resulting in the deflecting which sent the ball to the attacker who scored.

The Assistant referee made a lot of images from the video to maintain his decision even though the panel also sent him different angles and images, he insisted that his decision was correct.

DECISION(S)

Per the video watched, the Panel did not see the scorer of the goal in an offside position. The Panel did not also see the instinctive re-action argument of the defender he Patrick Papala eluded to by trying to use as a defence, because the defender saw the ball, had all the time to jump up and swing his head to head or play the ball, which changed direction to an attacker who was not in an Offside position at the time of the kick.

FIFA Assistant Referee 1 Patrick Papala is hereby suspended for one-year (ie., 2023/2024 football season) effective from the date this communication.

The main referee’s phone lines were not going through in all the attempts the Panel made to get in touch with him. However, the panel asked Assistant referee 1 Patrick Papala what they discussed during their consultation. He confirmed that the Referee Foster Bastiours told him that he did not see the incident as offside but he, Patrick Papala insisted that it was an offside therefore, the referee complied and disallowed the goal

Foster Bastiours as the main referee failed to take responsibility when he saw that the goal scorer was not in an offside position and allowed his assistant to dictate to him. He is therefore warned to learn to take responsibility next time when he was sure his decision was correct.

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