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Hearts file protest against referee after Kotoko defeat

Refree Kennedy Padi

Refree Kennedy Padi

Accra Hearts of Oak have filed a protest against referee Kenney Padi for what they described as “unprofessional conduct” during the Super Clash with rivals Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara Stadium over the weekend.

The Phobians want the review committee to take a second look at the controversial penalty awarded against them.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the hosts, the Porcupine Warriors.

A statement issued by Hearts on Tuesday (12 April) appealed to their supporters to remain focused ahead of the outcome of the protest.

Below is the full statement:

Kotoko beat Hearts of Oak 1-0

League leaders Asante Kotoko SC grabbed all the points against arch rivals Hearts of Oak in their Match Day 24 of the Ghana Premier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The Porcupine Warriors scored in the first half to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table and to keep their momentum intact.

Franck Etouga scored from the spot inside 13 minutes after Fabio Gama was fouled in the box by Hearts of Oak midfielder Nurudeen Aziz.

Cameroonian import Etouga stepped up to take the kick as he sent goalkeeper Richmond Ayi the wrong way – taking his season tally to 16 goals.

With such a great start to the game – the Phobians uplifted themselves in search of the equalizer but their efforts yielded no positive outcome as Asante Kotoko defended gallantly to keep their goal area safe as they held on to win 1-0 at the Baba Yara stadium – their first win over their arch rivals in their last 5 attempts.

The Reds lead the League table with 52 points after 24 matches with Bechem United at the second spot with 44 points.

Fred Dzakpata

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