Leadership (Abuja)

24 February 2013

Ghana Defender Pantsil On Bail

Ghana defender John Pantsil was released on police bail on Friday night after being arrested for allegedly beating up his wife and causing grievous harm.

The 31-year-old player was arrested yesterday at his Trassaco residence, an affluent gated community in Accra, after his neighbour had reported the incident to the Legon Police.

Police officials had earlier on Friday confirmed that the Hapoel Tel Aviv star stabbed his wife, Richlove, and caused eye wounds which left her unconscious.

MTNFootball.com understands the couple were involved in an argument which degenerated into a fight.

Pantsil then followed his wife who had escaped to their neighbour to seek for help and it was there the Ghana international is alleged to have punched his neighbour's wife.

His neighbour, whose identity is unknown for now, wants to press charges against the former West Ham and Fulham defender.

But Pantsil's wife has decided not to press any charges against the right-back.

"John Paintsil has been released on bail following a charge against him by a neighbour," Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara told the press at the Legon Police Station.

"Mrs. Richlove Paintsil did not press any charge against Mr. John Paintsil and any misunderstanding between them will be solved at home. "There was no stabbing whatsoever during the incident and no one was unconscious because of the incident.

"I am pleading with the press to be circumspect with their reportage as we have already seen some reports which are wide off the mark."

Pantsil has been in the news back home for all the wrong reasons after a fan accused by him on a local radio station that he bedded a prostitute at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

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