Liberty Professionals captain Samuel Sarfo is convinced referee Latif Adaari was responsible for his side 2016/17 Ghana Premier League season opening day defeat at the hands of Asante Kotoko.
Sarfo ‘Maldini’ was quick to criticise the standard of refereering after Liberty fell to a 2-1 defeat against Kotoko at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi.
The centre-back thought the centre referee erred to award Kotoko a soft penalty in the second half which sparked a comeback.
Kotoko winger Emmanuel Gyamfi went down inside the box with minimal contact but Adaari pointed to spot for a penalty which was converted by Yakubu Mohammed.
”The assistant line 2 was supposed to react first before the penalty was given because he was closer to the incident but the referee gave a cheap penalty to Kotoko,” Sarfo said in a post-match interview.
”I angrily went to the referee and told him he could have done better.
“This same referee made a similar mistake when we played Inter Allies last season so it was obvious that the referees helped Kotoko win the game.”