The former Chelsea ace refused to warm-up ahead of Ghana’s final World Cup game against Portugal and his case has been referred to the Ghana FA to deal with it
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has referred midfielder Michael Essien to the Ghana FA over his refusal to warm-up prior to the Black Stars’ game against Portugal at the 2014 World Cup.
Appiah confirmed at a press conference in Accra Wednesday that the Milan midfielder who sat on the bench in the final group game failed to join the rest of his colleagues in the pre-game loosening up sessions.
“I was notified by my technical team that he [Essien] did not warm-up though he was supposed to. It was reported to me and I have added it to my report,” Appiah said.
He added: “That was some minutes before kick off against Portugal. Due to the urgency of the game, we had to carry on and after that I reported his conduct to the GFA in my report for the necessary action to be taken.”
Ghana had a torrid campaign in Brazil losing two games and drawing one to register their worst ever appearance since first making it to the tournament in 2006. Two players – Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng – were sent home for various acts of misconduct.
The Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi noted that the FA is “not going to condone any form of indiscipline” hence their approach in dealing with issues of misconduct head-on in Brazil.