Clueless Assistant referee in Accra Lions vs Medeama clash slapped with 12-game ban

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has slapped Banabas Amenyo, who was Assistant Referee 2 in the gameweek 16 Ghana Premier League clash between Accra Lions and Medeama at the Accra Sports Stadium with a 12-game ban.

In the game which ended 1-0 in favour of Accra Lions, Banabas Amenyo wrongly disallowed a goal scored by Medeama’s Kwasi Donsu in the 20th minute for offiside.

Despite Medeama not lodging a complaint, the Match Review Panel probed into the incident and decided to suspend Assistant Referee 2 Banabas Amenyo for twelve (12) match days.

The panel also recommend that the Assistant Referee’s understanding of the Offside Law is questionable and must be given further training after serving his suspension at the lower-level division.

Read full verdict below;

ACCRA LIONS VS. MEDEAMA (MATCH DAY 16)

The Match Review during its sitting reviewed the match between Accra Lions and Medeama SC, though there were no complaints lodged by any of the teams.

OBSERVATIONS, FINDINGS AND GROUNDS OF THE DECISION

It was observed from the video that in the 20th minute of the match a goal was scored by Medeama but was ruled off-side. However, the footage showed that there was no offside incident anywhere and the goal showed have stood.

REFEREE’S OFFICIAL RESPONSES

We tried to get the response of the referee but could not get him to respond. However, the Assistant 2, (Banabas Amenyo) responded that he erred by taken the offside. He admitted that the goal should have stood.

DECISION(S)

Since the decision of the offside was taken by the Assistant Referee 2, (Banabas Amenyo) which changed the result of the match, he is suspended for twelve (12) match days, effective the day of publication.

The panel also recommend that the Assistant Referee 2 Banabas Amenyo’s understanding of the Offside Law is questionable. The Assistant Referee must be given further training after serving his suspension at the lower-level division.

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