Mariano Barreto, Emmanuel Gyamfi slapped with fine, suspension
Kotoko's coach Barreto fined

Mariano Barreto, Emmanuel Gyamfi slapped with fine, suspension

THE Disciplinary Committee (DC) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has imposed a total fine of GH¢ 4000.00 on the Head Coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Mariano Barreto, and skipper Emmanuel Gyamfi for breaches on GFA Premier League Regulations.

While the DC imposed a fine of GH¢ 3000.00 on Barreto after finding him guilty for a breach of Article 38 (8) (c) of the GFA Premier League Regulations, 2019 in respect of violations of the Associations’ Regulations, it imposed a fine of GH¢ 1000.00 on Gyamfi  for a breach of Article 34 (6) (d) of the GFA GFA Premier League Regulations 2019


Beside the fine, the DC also imposed a two-match suspension on Barreto in accordance with Article 6.1 (c) of the FA Disciplinary Code while Gyamfi was given a match suspension in accordance with Article 12 (b) of the GFA Disciplinary Code.

 A statement issued and signed by the Chairman of the DC, Osei Kwadwo Adow, explained that Barreto was charged with the offence for comments he made after their match with Legon Cities at the Accra Sports Stadium on May 1, 2021 where Kotoko run away with a lone goal victory.

Explaining further, the statement said after the said match, Barreto “made allegations against the referees by stating that Asante Kotoko SC played 11 against 15”

“Also, Coach Barreto made verbal offensive statement about the performance of the referees by stating that the referee only made mistake against Asante Kotoko SC, a statement made without proof and which brought the game into disrepute,” the statement added.

According to the statement, when the coach was offered opportunity to defend himself, he pleaded not guilty on the charges preferred against him and explained that his “comments were misconstrued “ because he was referring to the 11 players and 3 substitutes players of Legon Cities FC who played the match”

The statement noted that the committee found the evidence of Barreto “not convincing and therefore found him guilty of the offences and imposed the fine on him.

The statement said the coach has been warned that “any future misconduct shall receive a more severe punishment”

On the part of Gyamfi, the statement said in their match against Inter Allies at the Theatre of Dreams on June 14, 2021 where Kotoko won 2-3, he stamped on his opponent, Addy Okpe, who was wearing the jersey number 45 jersey in the 65th minute in an off-the ball incident.

The statement said the action of Gyamfi was improper, and likely to bring the game into disrepute; hence, he was found guilty  .
The statement said Gyamfi pleaded guilty on the charge and explained that his action was reactionary to the action of the player in question.

The committee, therefore, found him guilty and warned that “any future misconduct shall receive more severe punishment”

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