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Ashanti Gold coach Akonnor denies referee assault

3:24 PM GMT 02/05/2018
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The Miners boss has denied reports that he attacked the referee who handled their game against the Yellow and Mauve last weekend

Ashanti Gold coach C.K Akonnor has refuted reports that he physically attacked referee Charles Bulu after his side's 2-1 defeat to Medeama at the T&A Park on Saturday.

Roland Djodji equalised for the Miners after Justice Blay had given Medeama an early lead but the referee awarded the hosts a late penalty which was converted by Kwesi Donsu.

After the final whistle, a furious Akonnor confronted the referee in the tunnel, according to reports.

“I was really shocked when I read that story. I am a professional [coach] and have been in this career for so long," Akonnor told Graphic Sports.

"I know how things work so why will I fight with a referee just because my team lost a match? In fact, it was one of the worst news reports I have read about myself and I want to distance myself from it.

"This is because it is never true that I attacked the referee since I was [even] standing far away from where the incident of misunderstanding happened,” he added.

Ashanti Gold recovered from that defeat to pip Techiman Eleven Wonders 1-0 on Wednesday and have opened up a three-point lead at the summit of the table.