Ablordey slams referee following defeat to Hearts


Godwin Ablordey had some choice words for referee, Samuel Suker, following Kotoko’s 2-1 defeat away to Hearts of Oak.

For the first time this season, Asante Kotoko were defeated and assistant coach Godwin Ablordey has attributed their loss to poor officiating.

Ablordey, who showed up at post-match press conference instead of head coach Lugarusic, slammed referee Samuel Sukah for awarding Hearts a controversial late penalty which Vincent Atingah scored to earn the Phobians the bragging rights.

The Akatsi-based referee adjudged Ahmed Adams handled the ball inside the box after a shot from Samuel Yeboah. But replays have shown that the ball hit the back of the defender.

“I have just watched the replay. It wasn’t a penalty. The way referees are officiating in Ghana, they will always take our game back,” Ablordey blasted.

“Am even surprised Joseph Lamptey was the fourth referee. This is a man who went to South Africa, a ball hits a player in the thigh and he awards a penalty. He was handed a three months ban and here he is on the touchline in such a big game.

“I want everyone to go and watch the ball again. If it is a penalty, fair enough but if it is not, we all know the kind of referees we have,” he added.

“We dominated Hearts and were fighting for the winner when that happened. He was not fair to us at all either than that anyone who watched the game will agree with me that we played better than Hearts,” he noted.

The win has ended the dominance of Kotoko over Hearts in Accra since 2009 in a dramatic fashion, but the Porcupine Warriors remain joint top on the league table.