Sports News of Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Acting head coach of Asante Kotoko has accused Ashanti Gold officials of influencing the match officials during his side’s 3-2 defeat to the miners.
Asante Kotoko came back from two goals down to draw level in the game but Richard Djodi’s last-minute penalty secured the needed victory for the home side.
Speaking to the media after the game, Akapo Patron rejected the full-time results and insisted that the game was 2-2 as he doesn’t count that dubious decision that led to the Ashgold winner.
“We didn’t lose the game, as for the numbers you may say it’s 3-2, but from my point of view we didn’t lose, we were down by two goals and our boys showed a very good fighting spirit and equalized. Even their own fans were surprised with the penalty the referee gave them”
“Still things are not well with officiating with our game. These are some of the things by now people should have learned something, people don’t have to go and influence the referees or the fourth referees when the game is on course. From what I saw, I saw someone influencing the referee when the game was 2-2 because they were panicking” Akakpo Patron complained.
Akapo Patron also sent a strong warning to club officials if they want the betterment of the game.
“If we want our football to be okay, we should leave only the technical staff to do their work, the players also to do their work and people who are behind to do their work very well. Nobody should go and influence official when the game is going on”