Assistant referee Banabas Amenyo has been handed a 12-match ban by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for an error during the league match between Medeama and Accra Lions on February 5.
Accra Lions won 1-0 but it could have been a different outcome had Amenyo not wrongfully raised his flag for offside in the 20th minute, effectively ruling out a goal Medeama had scored.
Medeama lodged a formal complaint with the GFA’s Match Review Panel who after reviewing footage from the game have determined that the goal was clearly not offside.
“Footage showed that there was no offside incident anywhere and the goal showed have stood,” the GFA’s statement said.
The GFA statement added that Amenyo admitted that he made a mistake and that the goal should have stood.
The Match Review Panel ruled that the decision changed the course of the game and, hence, handed him a 12-match ban.
The panel also ruled that Amenyo’s understanding of the Offside Law is questionable and he must be given further training after serving his suspension at the lower-level division.