Daniel Amartey ‘fell down too easy’ to win Ghana’s penalty against South Africa, according to former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan.
Andre Ayew successfully scored the resulting spot-kick to earn a 1-0 win, confirming Ghana’s position in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final qualifying round in Qatar earlier this month.
In the 32nd minute, Rushine De Reuck obstructed Leicester City defender Amartey in the box. Ndiaye Maquette, a Senegalese referee who was near to the scene, didn’t hesitate to award the hosts a penalty.
Gyan, on the other hand, seemed to disagree with the controversial judgment of the referee, as he offered his thoughts on the event, which has been sent to FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee following a protest by the South African Football Association.
“The stadium cameras weren’t enough, but those on the field of play are in a better position to judge it.” However, the infraction appeared to me to be extremely casual,” Gyan remarked on Asempa FM, according to Ghanasportsonline.com.
“The player went down quite easily, but the referee was very near to the action so he could make his judgment on the field, but I think Amartey went down too easy from where I’m sitting.” I’m only sharing my thoughts, but others on the field of play can make better decisions. I believe the decision was split 50/50.”
“The game was also played under high-intensity pressure, which might have influenced the referee’s judgment,” he continued.
The South African Football Association claims that the referees rigged the match in Ghana’s favor, and that the penalty judgment is part of their case.