11 June 2012

Ghana: Zambian Policeman Attack Derek Boateng - FA to Petition Fifa

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Asamoah Gyan, left, and Kevin Prince Boateng of Ghana celebrate their team's win.

Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng claims he was punched by a police officer after the 1-0 defeat to Zambia on Saturday in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The FC Dnipro ace was embroiled in an altercation with policemen on the tartan tracks of the Levy Sports Stadium before entering the dressing room.

Many Ghana players confronted Tunisia referee Med Kordi after the final whistle due to some of his controversial decisions.

Boateng claims he was taunted by a steward and as he walked off the pitch an officer in uniform punched him behind.

"When I was coming off the pitch, one of the guys came in front of me trying to tease me and I just said to him they will be coming to Ghana, and I walked towards him, but a policeman punched me from behind," Boateng lamented. Boateng played for 65 minutes before being replaced by Anthony Annan.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Football Association says it will petition FIFA after two of its players claimed they were assaulted by Zambian police men after Saturday's 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Midfielder Derek Boateng and unused striker Ben Acheampong are reported to have been punched by security personnel after a post-match melee.

"The judgement is there for all of you to make. You saw what happened on the pitch but we want to put on record that we to view the tapes of what happened after the match and if two of our players Ben Acheampong and Derek Boateng were punched, we will have to take it up to CAF," Ghana FA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie-Daara said at the post match conference.

This is unacceptable in African football. The Zambians were very nice to us until the game.

Also, some officials were not allowed entry into the VIP lounge and that did not go down well with the Ghana FA.

"Officials of the Ghana Football Association were put in the midst of supporters. It is unfair," Daara added. We didn't come to war, we came to play football and you won the game, well it's good but the underhand dealings and the way we were treated is utterly unfair.

"I mean the board members of the Ghana FA were put into the crowd is unfair. We wouldn't do that to Zambia in Accra. "

Ghana have lost to the Chipolopolo twice in four months after a semi-final 1-0 defeat at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

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