Referee banned for allowing penalty kick without goalkeeper in post
 
Posted on: 2013-Jul-05        
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A lower division referee in Ghana who allowed a penalty to be played into an empty goal without a goalkeeper banned

Referee Isaac Antwi has been handed a six (6) months suspension by the Disciplinary Committee of the Greater Accra Regional Football Association for misconduct and deliberate disregard of the Laws of the Game.

The referee was charged for both offences in respect of his handling of a Division Two league game between Dreams FC and Vision FC played on April 14, 2013.

According to the Disciplinary Committee, Referee Antwi was charged with misconduct for a breach of Articles 35(7) of the GFA Regulations. It was alleged that referee Isaac Antwi allowed a penalty to be played into an empty goal without a goal keeper in the post without reference to the Laws of the Game. It is further alleged that Referee Isaac Antwi’s breach of Articles 35(7) of the GFA Regulations included a deliberate disregard of the Laws of the Game concerning the said match resulting in putting the game into disrepute.

In accordance with the punishments set out under Article 39 of the GFA Regulations, the seriousness of the offence and the plea for mitigation, the Committee decides as follows:

1. That Referee Isaac Antwi is hereby banned from officiating in any football match in Ghana organized and/or sanctioned by the Ghana Football Association or any of its affiliate bodies such as the Greater Accra Regional Football Associations for a period of twelve (12) months, six (6) months of which is hereby suspended on his plea for mitigation.

2. That the six (6) months ban takes effect from the 1st day of July 2013 to the 31st day of December, 2013.

3. That Referee Isaac Antwi is hereby cautioned to be of good behaviour during the one year period from 1st day of July 2013 to the 30th day of June, 2014.

4. That failure on the part of Referee Isaac Antwi to obey any of the Ruling (3) above, he shall automatically be banned from officiating any football match organized and/or sanctioned by the Ghana Football Association or any of its affiliates bodies for a further period six (6) months in addition to any new punishment that may be impose in relation to the new offence/misconduct.