Kumasi Asante Kotoko has raised doubts over the decision by the Match Review Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to vindicate Referee Samuel Sukah for awarding a controversial penalty to Accra Hearts of Oak in their first defeat of the season.
The Porcupine Warriors were left in wonderland after Referee Sukah gifted Hearts a penalty in the 86th after defender, Ahmed Adams, was adjudged to have used his hand to block the ball after an onslaught by hearts striker, Sam Yeboah.
An earlier release dated March 27, 2017 and signed by Club Licensing Manager, Emmanuel Dasoberi claimed that, Referee Sukah was right “As the ball hit the arm of Kotoko’s defender in jersey number 14. The committee further noted that the defender took a risk in diving to head the ball, which hit is elbow”.
In a press release, the club described as doubtful and wondered” How the Committee could make such a mistake in a case that has attracted media attention. It adds to the suspicion among Kotoko fans that, the Committee did a shoddy job as some fans have even questioned the authenticity of the video that purportedly vindicated the referee”.
According to the release, Kotoko sought to doubt the decision by the Match Review Committee to overlook a plea by the club on a notable foul on Baba Mahama in the box that deserved to be punished by Referee Samuel Sukah.
Kotoko has therefore rejected the referee’s decision and termed it as wrong in a letter to the FA insisting that, television replays showed that, Adams did not handle the ball. The club have also expressed shocked on why the match review committee copied premier league side, Accra Great Olympics who were not joined to their initial complaint.
Kotoko will return to their favourite Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday to welcome Inter-Allies in their match day fixture in the Ghana Premier League.