GFA Disciplinary Committee slaps Legon Cities with a fine, player and official banned

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The Disciplinary Committee (DC) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has found Legon Cities guilty on three counts of misconduct in their betPawa Premier League Matchday 1 against Medeama SC at the El Wak Stadium which they lost 1-0 and had two players sent off.

What were the charges

The GFA Prosecutor charged Legon Cities FC, an official of the Club Kwabena Asenso Onyina and a player of the Club, Michael Ampadu.

The Club was charged for breaching Article 16(1)(c) and Article 16(2)(f) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, 2019 after it did fail to ensure the safety of match officials in the game against Medeama SC as a player of the club (Michael Ampadu) was seen physically assaulting the center referee (Charles Benle Bulu) by punching his mouth on the field of play.

Again, the Club was charged for failing to ensure the safety of match officials as officials of the club (Salifu Yaya, Kwabena Asenso Onyina) were seen verbally attacking the match officials while on their way to the dressing room and also attempted to physically attack the referees.

Lastly, the Club was charged after its supporters deflated the rear tyres of a vehicle belonging to the center referee (Charles Benle Bulu).

The sanctions

The DC of the GFA has imposed a fine of GHc8000 cedis on Legon Cities FC after it was found guilty of the charges.

Additionally, the Club will pay an amount of GHc2000 to referee Charles Benle Bulu for replacement of his car’s two tyres.

A player of the Club, Michael Ampadu has also been handed a 5-match ban in addition to the mandatory suspension he is to serve for receiving a red card in the match.

The Disciplinary Committee which was chaired by Vice Chairperson Carla Olympio, also handed a 10-match to an official of the club after being found guilty of acting in an unsporting and intimidating way towards match officials on the day of the match.

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