Ghana’s Referee Nuhu Liman has been given a ban for the rest of the season as a result of gifting Asante Kotoko a controversial penalty in the MTN FA Cup match against first division side NEA Salamina.
The Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association approved the decision taken by the Match Review Panel.
A statement issued by the GFA EXCO body confirmed this.
The Match Review Panel reviewed the video recording of the match to ascertain whether Referee Yakubu Nuhu Liman was right in awarding a penalty to the home team in the said match played at the Baba Yara Stadium.
After critically examine the video, the Committee concluded that Referee Liman was wrong in awarding a penalty kick to Asante Kotoko.
Consequently, the Committee’s recommendation to ban Referee Yakubu Liman for the rest of the season has been upheld by the Executive Committee.
Kotoko won the quarter final match 2-1 in Kumasi. Their captain Amos Frimpong converted the penalty to make it 2-1 after referee Nuhu awarded the infringement in the second half of the said game.
Kotoko’s coach, Steven Pollack complained after the game in the post match press conference that he did not believe Referee Nuhu’s decision was right with respect to the penalty awarded to his side.
Asante Kotoko would face Medeama in the semi finals of the MTN FA Cup whilst Accra Hearts of Oak also welcome WA All Stars in the other semi finals.
The final of the 2017 MTN FA Cup would take place in Tamale.