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Ghanaian referee Sukah handed eight-match ban for 'wrong penalty' decision

13:23 GMT+3 05/04/2018
Ebusua Dwarfs' Bright Luqman
The embattled referee will be out of action until July following a controversial penalty awarded to Ebusua Dwarfs

Fifa referee Samuel Sukah has been handed an eight-match ban following a ‘poor decision’ he took during the Ghana Premier League opening day game between Ebusua Dwarfs and Berekum Chelsea.

The Knight of the whistle awarded Dwarfs a 'dubious' penalty in the second-half of the above match while the scoreline was goalless, which eventually ended 1-0 in favour of the home side.

Chelsea chief executive officer Nana Kwame Nketiah lodged an official complaint with the GFA which led to Thursday’s decision.                 

“The committee, after a careful and critical study of the video clip concluded that, you, Referee Samuel Sukah awarded a bad penalty against Berekum Chelsea FC,” a GFA statement said.             

“Your position on the field of play was such that, you could not have clearly seen the infringement as the distance between you and the action spot affected your judgment. Your defence at the committee’s meeting was unsuccessful and cannot be taken into consideration.

“After a thorough evaluation of the report of the Match Review Committee, the executive committee of the GFA hereby approves a suspension of eight official matches of the GFA, for you, Referee Samuel Sukah,” the statement added.

Goal understands that match commissioner C. W. Okai has also been handed an eight-match ban after failing to capture the referee's mistakes in his report.