The referee who oversaw Hearts of Oak’s 2-0 win over Elmina Sharks on Sunday has apologised for awarding the home side a controversial penalty and issuing a red card to an Elmina Sharks defender.
Maxwell Kofi Owusu pointed to the spot after Sharks defender, Isaac Donkor was adjudged to have handled a goal-bound shot from Obeng Jnr.
However, replays showed that Donkor had blocked the effort with his shoulder.
Victor Aidoo missed the subsequent penalty for Hearts but Donkor’s red card meant Sharks had to play the rest of the match with 10 men.Hearts eventually took advantage, taking the lead in the 68th minute after substitute Isaac Mensah pounced on a howler from Sharks goalkeeper, Martey.
The hosts then doubled their lead in the 79th minute when Benjamin Afutu headed in a pass at the near post.
After the match, the referee took to Facebook to apologise, having presumably watched the incident and regretted his call.“This was absolutely not a good decision. I’m not proud of it. A lot of people have been hurt. I am hurt too,” he said.
Just like his original decision, his apology has received a mixed response, with some people happy to put the incident behind him others were less forgiving.