The Ghana Football Association has banned referee Nuhu Liman till the end of the season for awarding Asante Kotoko a disputed penalty in MTN FA Cup quarter-final match against NEA Salamina.
The official gave a penalty for a non-existent foul against NEA Salamina defender. The replays clearly showed the defender got the ball and not the man.
Kotoko converted the penalty to book their place in semi-final.
A statement on GFA website said ''The GFA Executive approved the Match Review Panel’s recommendation in respect of the MTN FA Cup quarterfinal match between Asante Kotoko and W. NEA Salamina.
''The Match Review Panel reviewed the video recording of the match to ascertain whether Referee Yakubu Nuhu Liman was right in awarding a penalty to the home team in the said match played at the Baba Yara Stadium.
''After critically examining the video, the Committee concluded that Referee Liman was wrong in awarding a penalty kick to Asante Kotoko.
''Consequently, the Committee’s recommendation to ban Referee Yakubu Liman for the rest of the season has been upheld by the Executive Committee.''
For Kotoko coach Steven Polack, he has been vindicated after some fans criticized him for rebuking the referee.
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