NC Special: Asante Kotoko reports Referee Maxwell Hanson to Ghana FA Normalization committee

Published on: 06 April 2019


Ghana Premier League giants, Kumasi Asante Kotoko have reported referee Maxwell Hanson to the Normalisation Committee for his 'unfair officiating' against the team in the Special Cup fixture at Medeama last Thursday.

The Porcupines lost 1-0 in the match day-two clash on an afternoon where Hanson awarded the hosts a penalty that smelled of an offside, but ignored two obvious penalty incidents which could have gone in favour of the visitors.

Kotoko have, in a report sent to the NC through its Chairman, Dr. Kofi Amoah on Friday, blamed the defeat to the poor officiating exhibited on the day by Hanson and his assistants.

"We write to register our displeasure against the conduct of the referee, who handled the Medeama-Kotoko GFA Special Competition week-2 match played at the Tarkwa T&A Park on Thursday," said the report signed by Director of Communications, Samuel Sarfo Duku (Esq) for the Chief Executive Officer, George Amoako.

"In the said match, the referees deliberately, and/or without recourse to the rules of the game, took some decisions against our club which marred the beauty of the game and affected the final outcome," it said.

"Before the centre referee Maxwell Hanson awarded the penalty to the home team, two of its players were in offside positions, which the referees ignored, awarded the penalty and a red card against us."

"To ensure that Medeama carried the day at all cost, the referees denied Kotoko two clear penalties to the astonishment of the majority of the spectators in the stadium."

To ensure that fairness prevails in the said game and in the competition in general, Kotoko have pleaded with the FIFA ad-hoc committee and organisers of the championship to assess the match and act accordingly.

"We wish to state that, but for these and other strange decisions against Kotoko, the outcome of the match would have been different."

"We request that you have a critical assessment of the match and act accordingly to ensure fairness and justice in the competition in particular, and football in general,” the report concluded.