Danbort goalkeeper Prosper Gbeku could be handed a one-year ban by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association for physical assaulting referee Juliet Appiah in the 2-1 defeat to Dreams FC at Nungua on Sunday. The Danbort safest pair of hands elbowed Dreams FC striker Michael Sarpong in the face in an off the ball incident in the 73rd minute and Referee Appiah who spotted the incident gave the goalie a yellow card. Gbeku after receiving the yellow card walked straight to the referee and slapped her of which he was given a red card. The game at that stage was 1-0 in favor of Dreams FC courtesy an Eric Gawu strike. The home fans trooped unto the field making the game to be stopped for thirty minutes before the security personnel brought sanity to the pitch. Danbort pulled even with ten minutes to go before Samuel Alabi who had replaced Benjamin Ayim in the 77th minute netted the winner from the penalty spot with three minutes to the end of the game after Michael Sarpong had been tripped from behind in the box by a Danbort player. The GFA is expected to sit on the case this week based on the referee and match commissioner’s report and a final decision could be out by Friday. Odartey Lawson was banned for a year for similar offense when he assaulted a referee in a league game in the early 2000’s.
By: Edmund Okai Gyimah