CAF Bans Ghana’s Benjamin Tetteh, Fine Gabon $20, 000 Over AFCON Fracas
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By Amaechi Agbo
The Confederation of Africa Football, CAF have handed a three match ban to Ghana’s striker, Benjamin Tetteh after he punched a Gabonese player during their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON Group B encounter on Friday.
Ghana players flared up after Jim Allevinah equalised for the Gabonese in 88th minute which denied them their first win in the tournament.
Ghana had taken the lead in the early stage of half time through Andre Ayew in the 18th minute.
Arising from its meeting on Saturday, CAF handed Tetteh a one match suspension in addition to his two match ban following his straight red card in the closing stage of the match.
Tetteh may not feature again at the Africa Cup of Nations after being handed a three-match ban.
The 24-year-old was sent off for his part in an on-pitch melee after full-time following the Black Stars’ 1-1 draw against Gabon on Friday.
CAF in its statement released after it Disciplinary Board meeting also find Gabon for violating the CAF Regulations and Directives within the framework of the Africa Cup of Nations.
“On 13 January 2022, Gabon played Ghana at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde. Cameroon. The match officials indicated in their report that at the final whistle, Ghana player Benjamin Tetteh allegedly assaulted a Gabonese player.
“CAF Disciplinary Board decided to: To suspend Ghana player Benjamin Tetteh for one additional game match in addition to his automatic suspension of two matches. Consequently, the player has been suspended for three matches.
“The Disciplinary Board has also issued a stern warning to both teams for their unsportsmanship behaviour after referees’ full time whistle.
“Gabon was charged with violating the CAF Regulations and Directives within the framework of the Africa Cup of Nations. On 06 January 2022, Gabon allegedly went against CAF instructions and changed their hotel without permission from CAF. This is after CAF’s Safety and Security department had refused their request to change hotel.
“The CAF Disciplinary Board found Gabon guilty and imposed a fine of USD 20 000 for non-compliance with CAF’s directives.”