The FIFA disciplinary committee has thrown out an appeal by the Ghana FA to reverse the one-match ban against key midfielder Andre Ayew.
The youngster was booked for the second time in the World Cup during the last 16 match against USA, automatically barring him from featuring in the quarter-final clash against Uruguay on Friday.
Immediately after the match the Ghana FA requested to have referee Viktor Kassai’s decision looked into and overturned, after television replays showed that Ayew did not make any contact with US striker Josy Altidore.
But the FIFA disciplinary committee pointed out that according to Article 72 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, disciplinary decisions taken by the referee during matches are final.
“However, according to article 77 b) of the FDC, the disciplinary committee is responsible for rectifying obvious errors in the referee’s disciplinary decision," a statement read.
“To this end, the Ddsciplinary committee pointed out that the referee saw the incident leading to the yellow card for the player and clearly indicated in his report that the reason behind this measure was that Andre Ayew committed a reckless tackle against the opponent.
“The committee therefore excluded that article 77 b) of the FDC could be applied in such a case.
“In light of the above, the FIFA disciplinary committee concluded that the request filed by the Ghana Football Association is rejected and confirmed that the player Andre Ayew, who has received two yellow cards in two different matches in this tournament, shall serve his one-match suspension in the match Uruguay v Ghana of July 2, 2010."
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