The GFA Prosecutor has charged Legon Cities FC, club official Kwabena Asenso Onyina and player Michael Ampadu for misconduct.
This follows an incident after the club’s 2022/23 Ghana Premier League (GPL) opening day defeat to Medeama SC at El-Wak Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Right-back Michael Ampadu received a red card after protesting a decision by centre referee Charles Benle Bulu to send off teammate and midfielder Michel Otou in the 78th minute.
The referee’s decision infuriated the home team who expressed their displeasure instantly with defender Ampadu alleged to have punched the official during the melee.
A statement by the GFA Monday read:
“The club was charged for breaching Article 16(1)(c) and Article 16(2)(f) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, 2019 after it did fail to ensure the safety of match officials in the betPawa Premier League Day One game against Medeama SC as a player of the club (Michael Ampadu) was seen physically assaulting the center referee (Charles Benle Bulu) by punching his mouth on the field of play.
“Again, the club was charged for failing to ensure the safety of match officials as officials of the club (Salifu Yaya, Kwabena Asenso Onyina) were seen verbally attacking the match officials while on their way to the dressing room and also attempted to physically attack the referees.
“Lastly, the club was charged after its supporters deflated the rear tyres of a vehicle belonging to the center referee (Charles Benle Bulu).
“Both the club Official and the player have been individually charged on two counts of misconduct each and are expected to respond to the charges on or before Wednesday, September 14, 2022 following which the GFA Disciplinary Committee will adjudicate the three cases.”