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May 26, 2022

AFCON 2021: Partey returns trouble-causer Tetteh to receive red

By Brian Aheebwa
Benjamin Tetteh (M) was shown red against Gabon, Andre Ayew (2nd L) was also red carded against Comoros | GFA Image

Arsenal and Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey was ordered by the centre referee Lahlou Benbraham to bring back Benjamin Tetteh from the dressing room to be shown a red card.

The aforementioned happened after Ghana’s one-all draw with Gabon in Group C of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Kouekong on Friday.

Andre Ayew scored for the Black Stars in the 17th minute, a goal that was cancelled out by Jim Allevinah’s late equalizer.

The Panthers’ leveller in the 87th minute dented Ghana’s qualification chances to the knockouts a huge blow.

In the buildup to Gabon’s goal, Ghana had both a player down and possession, they played the ball out in a spirit of fair play.

However the Brazilians did not return the ball to them as they expected, but, instead, they started it to themselves and went ahead and scored, something that angered the Ghanaians.

At fulltime, players from either side burst into chaos as they headed back to the dressing rooms.

During the scuffle, Ghana’s striker Tetteh threw double punches in the face of Gabon’s forward Aaron Boupendza.

Immediately, Tetteh rushed down the tunnel but obviously, the Video Assistant Referee would intervene and review the incident.

After the VAR checking, the Algerian referee was told that it was Tetteh that had punched Boupendza to the ground, he kept on looking for him around the pitch to show him a red card but he had gone to the dressing room.

Benbraham had no option other than sending Ghana’s assistant captain, Partey who had the armband by then following the substitution of captain Ayew, to go and bring out the player.

The 28 year old Partey did so and the 24 year old Tetteh who had only come on as a 90th minute substitute for Ayew was shown red at the entrance of the tunnel.

It was Ghana’s second game at the tournament and they are yet to win following their 1-0 loss to Morocco in the opener.

On a single point, they are positioned third in a four team Group C and their last game against Comoros on Tuesday, January 18 is a do or die contest.

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