Retired FIFA referee, Joseph Wellington has defended Aduana Stars and Asante Kotoko for fielding 10 men for their matchday 11 game at Dormaa on Wednesday. Kotoko was stunned by a lone goal by the two times Ghana Premier League champions.
The match was drowned in a lot of controversies after the teams started with 10 men each for no official reason but it was eventually decided by a 90th-minute goal from Samuel Bio. Many have questioned both sides but the retired centreman says both clubs did not flout the laws of the game. “Aduana Stars and Asante Kotoko did not flout the laws of FIFA,” he told Asempa FM.
“The referee could not do anything about it because it was a tactical decision. The referee can only write in his report that both teams started with ten players and this will not attract any punishment. “It could have been seven players each and the game must still go on. “The referee could only stop the game when the players were not up to the number required by FIFA,” he added.
However, Public Relations Officer of Medeama SC, Patrick Akoto also shared that both clubs are not at fault adding that both could have chosen to field seven players each.“Nothing is wrong for both clubs to start the game with ten players.“The law says, the minimum players should be seven each. So far I am concerned, there is nothing wrong for both clubs to start with ten players,” he added.