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Sam Johnson Describes Black Stars Penalty Against South Africa as “Soft but Correct”

Former Ghanaian international, Sam Johnson has described the penalty awarded Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over South Africa as ‘soft’ but insisted it was a correct decision.

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The controversial moment came when Black Stars defender Daniel Amartey went down following what appeared to be a minimal contact from defender Rushine de Reuck, who was booked for his challenge.

Andre Ayew converted for his 22nd Black Stars goal on his 100th appearance for Ghana to take the Black Stars top of Group G and advance to the final playoff round.

The South African FA (SAFA) has since petitioned FIFA concerning the game, citing match fixing and match manipulation, which has resulted in high profile verbal exchanges between the two federations.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss, Kurt Okraku has also hit back at his SAFA counterparts for being “disrespectful to a powerful football nation like Ghana” and says the disrespect must end.

Kurt Okraku also stated he will have a meeting with the South African Football Association (SAFA) boss, Danny Jordaan soon so both parties can sort out their differences.

But speaking on the controversial incident, former Black Stars defender Sam Johnson said the rules were interpreted correctly.

“There are rules and regulations in football, especially at this moment and you know you will be punished for the slightest error. This is where I ask the question: did we see the player’s hand on Amartey’s back? Yes, so what is the contention?,” he said.
“It was a clear penalty, you could see his hands on shoulders so I think it was. However, if FIFA comes in and overturn it then cool. If the argument was if it was a soft call for the penalty, that I agree but it does not mean it was not a penalty for Ghana,” he added.
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