“On any day, I will side with the Referee” – G. K. Manu

Referee Kenny Padi

Suspended referee, Kenny Padi has been advised to test the waters by appealing the decision by the Review Panel of the Ghana Football Association on his suspension which lasts until the end of the season.

According to the former Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Referees’ Association of Ghana, G. K. Manu, he will continue to back the referee’s decision to award a penalty to Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in their matchday 24 encounter with Hearts of Oak.

The match which ended 1-0 in favour of the Porcupine Warriors has generated a lot of reaction, most especially when the review panel had made its ruling public to suspend Mr. Padi for awarding a penalty kick which was successfully converted.

On the Monday Night Sports Digest segment hosted by Christopher Akanaba, the retired referee, Mr. Manu said, “[On] any given day, I will side with the referee [Padi] for awarding that penalty… anytime, anyplace that you ask me, I will still maintain that it was a penalty.”

The former Ashanti RAG Chairman also indicated that, the punishment handed over to Mr. Padi is harsh since the intention should be to reform the referee and not further damage the progress made.

“I will take it that they were harsh when you take the laws” adding “I read the decision that the panel brought [released] and in one of their statements, they said if the Hearts player had push the Kotoko player, he would have fell with the face down, that is where I don’t side with them.”

“There’s nothing that anybody can tell me that there wasn’t anything and the player fell” he further interrogated.

Mr. Manu however stated that, the Ghana FA has the mandate to punish referees that commit offences deemed punishable but must do so with the purpose of reforming and improving the referees at their disposal.

The incident and other occurrences at various league centers have once again open up the discussion of the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at league centers to help referees review very important decisions on the field of play.

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