Majority Leader in Parliament Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has said that Ghana did not lose the match to Portugal, but rather the referee.
The Black Stars played their first group match of the World Cup against Portugal at the 974 Stadium yesterday, November 24, 2022.
The game which produced five goals, ended in a most controversial way, with Portugal beating Ghana by 3-2.
However, speaking on the subject by the Majority Leader on the floor of parliament today, he said Ghana’s loss was a result of poor officiating.
“The penalty awarded to Portugal was indeed questionable, and if we are to be blunt, most undeserved.
“Ghana indeed lost to the referee and not to Portugal. We lost to the referee and not to Portugal, he stressed.
“Mr Speaker, in such instances, the VAR, the Video Assisted Referee will be resorted to. Who was manning the VAR system such that the referee was not prompted? he asked.
“Because clearly, the two players went for the ball, and the two feet of the two players touched the ball almost at the same time and there was no tangle.
So, how come the referee whistled for a penalty against Black stars and the people manning the VAR system did not prompt the referee, or was it a conspiracy against Africa?
“Mr Speaker, the temptation to arrive at this conclusion, really is there for everybody and the referee having whistled, pointed immediately to it, the captain of our Black Stars, rushed to him to complain to avail himself of it, but he refused.
“Wasn’t it a conspiracy against Africa? Mr Speaker, I think that it is something that we must stand by, protest against the refereeing such that this referee should not accord any space to further watch injustice that he infringed on the Black Stars again,” he ended.