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AFCON 2021: Ghana star handed three-match ban after on-pitch melee

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The disciplinary board of CAF has handed the Black Stars a ‘stern warning’ ahead of their last group stage match.

Gabon held Ghana to a 1-1 draw in their Africa Cup of Nations game on Friday. Andre Ayew put the Black Stars ahead in the 18th minute, but a late strike from Jim Allevinah equalized the result.

After the final whistle, players from both sides started fighting inside the pitch. Amid the drama, Benjamin Tetteh punched Gabon’s Aaron Boupendza in the face. The referee angrily rushed toward Tetteh and showed him a red card, even though the game had already ended.

Confederation of African Football has now decided to extend the red card’s ban to three matches. Tetteh will not be able to play for Ghana in their must-win game against Comoros on Tuesday. In case of a knock-out stage qualification, the Black Stars will also play without the strike in the last-16 round of AFCON.

CAF has also announced they have dismissed Mali’s appeal over El Bilal Toure’s red card against Tunisia. The forward received a red card moments after coming off the bench in the controversial match.

The game’s referee, Janny Sikazwe, received widespread criticism for his bizarre time-keeping mistakes during the AFCON game. However, CAF has decided to keep the red card’s two-match ban. As a result, Toure will miss Mali’s final two group-stage outings against Gambian and Mauritania.