No regrets for that goal decision

MORE than fourteen years after being at the centre of the May 9 match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko, retired referee, Wilson Sey, insists he has no regrets in his performance that some believed triggered the violence that led to the May 9 disaster in 2001.

The then Cape Coast-based referee was accused of allowing Ishmael Addo’s supposed offside goal to stand , enabling Hearts to level after Lawrence Adjei had opened the scoring for Kotoko.

Ishmael Addo scored again to win the game for Hearts at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Aggrieved Kotoko fans then started throwing missiles onto the pitch after the match in protest at referee Sey’s decision with some supporters claiming he disregarded a flag by his assistant referee signaling Ishmael Addo was in an offside position.

The situation escalated resulting in the firing of teargas into the stands.

More than 126 persons died in one of the worst stadium disasters in Africa.

But Wilson Sey, who is now a retired referee, remains adamant and says he has no regrets in taking the crucial decision that some believe triggered the disaster.

“I only got to know of the incident when I returned to our hotel,” he told Kasapa FM.

“We put in our best on the day.”

The 14th anniversary was marked last week with a number of activities

*A survey conducted by on the performance of referees after the first round of matches in the First Capital Plus Premier League has revealed that 75% of club administrators and coaches are satisfied with the output of the regulators of the game.

From Times Sports Desk

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