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The absence of the youngster is a major setback for the African hopefuls...

The Ghanaian FA has made their intentions to contest the suspension of midfielder Andre Ayew known as he looks set to miss their quarter-final against Uruguay following a second yellow card in the 2010 World Cup.

Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai brandished his yellow card against Ayew for a tackle on USA striker Jose Altidore, but television replays showed that he did not clip the player from behind.

“We are going to Johannesburg, where FIFA has its tournament headquarters, to appeal the decision to show Ayew the yellow card,” FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi told Ghanasoccernet.com.

“We have noted that the decision taken by the referee was a hasty and unfair one and this will be the basis for our appeal.

“With the evidence we have from television replays we are confident that we will be successful with the appeal.”

The 20-year-old’s absence against the Celeste would be a massive blow for the Black Stars as he is one of the key players in their midfield. FIFA traditionally only retract yellow cards in the case of mistaken identity, but Ayew is happy his case is being appealed.

“I am happy that the Ghana FA chiefs want to pursue the booking with FIFA because it is the right thing to do,” Ayew told Ghanasoccernet.

“As you can see, I didn’t injure the player or go with an intention to injure him so I will be very happy if FIFA looks into it.

“I will be very happy if I am available to help my country Ghana, and Africa, progress because the quarter-final is a crucial stage of the World Cup.”

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