Giants Asante Kotoko have assured midfielder Richmond Lamptey of their support following his ban by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The 25-year-old has been suspended for 30 months after findings of an investigation deemed him complicit in a match-fixing saga that occurred some 10 months ago while he was on the books of Inter Allies.
Kotoko signed Lamptey despite being under investigation.
And according to the club they “supported the player through the prosecution process and would continue to lend its support to the player at this time until finality is brought to the matter.”
A statement on the website of the Porcupine Warriors reads:
“The attention of the club has been drawn to a decision of the disciplinary committee of the Ghana Football association banning its player, Richmond Lamptey for a period of thirty (30) months.
“The alleged misconduct of the player is said to have occurred at the time he played for Inter Allies FC.
“The player was charged by the GFA at the beginning of the 2021/2022 football season, at a time the club had signed on the player. The club supported the player through the prosecution process and would continue to lend its support to the player at this time until finality is brought to the matter.”
Richmond Lamptey’s ban is to take effect from the start of the 2022/23 season. This means the playmaker – who has scored three in 18 appearances – can complete the ongoing 2021/22 season with the Porcupine Warriors.