Black referees ‘blocked’ in English football

Black referees are failing to get into the higher reaches of English football because of the way they are assessed, a campaigner stated Tuesday.

Reuben Simon, an ambassador for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) officers at Ref Assist United kingdom, stated overt racism at worst and unconscious bias at most effective had been equally taking part in a portion in blocking the development of non-white referees.

Uriah Rennie was the final black referee in the increased reaches of the English game prior to retiring in 2009. 

There are no BAME referees at this time doing the job in the top rated 4 divisions, and only just one in the National League.

Match assessors at all ranges of English football analyze the performance of referees, with their conclusions playing a vital role in how far up the league ladder officials climb.

But Simon claimed a new system of assessing the assessors was desired to fight discrimination.”It is really a myth that you can find a lack of black referees — there are masses at grassroots level but they are not progressing up the pyramid,” Simon
explained to Britain’s Push Affiliation.”Why? They are staying blocked. There is a ceiling for black referees and it is non-league.”When a footballer is pretty excellent it’s evident and it is in the
manager’s fascination to select them.

So even managers with racist views have
picked black footballers.”But conclusions about referees are extra subjective.”Simon stated when there was “very little wrong” with observers generally
being “white chaps of a unique age” even very well-which means officers
could discriminate against black referees.”Most try to be as fair as possible.

But there is also no dilemma there is a good deal of unconscious bias in the rankings,” he added.Simon stated the Football Association, English football‘s governing overall body, could get started to rectify the trouble.”Let’s fake that every single black ref is rubbish — it truly is possible, not
probable — but let us look at that by sending out a ghost observer to the
similar games as these assessors who give black refs weak marks.

And let us do it a couple times, just to make sure,” he mentioned.Simon’s reviews will include to the debate about racism in football, with black players these types of as England’s Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling the two lamenting what they see as a lack of major motion by football
chiefs in tackling the situation.


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Pharaohs out to further Black Stars woes – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Marwan Mohsen of Egypt battles for the ball with Jonathan Mensah of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 18:30

Egypt will be aiming to add to Ghana’s recent woes when the two nations lock horns in a Group E 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15h30 local time (17h30pm CAT).

The Pharaohs have already booked their ticket to next year’s showpiece in Russia, with Mohamed Salah’s 95th minute penalty against Congo sealing their return to the world stage for the first time since 1990.

The Liverpool ace, though, will play no part in this weekend’s clash with Hector Cuper opting to rest his talisman. Mohamed Abdel-Shafy and Ahmed Hegazi have also been ruled out of the clash in a match which is nothing but a mere formality.

Considering what happened at the same venue between the two teams four years ago – a 6-1 win for the hosts – Egypt will want to prove some sort of point, but the onus really falls on Ghana with the Black Stars eager to gain some sort of redemption following their failed qualifying campaign.

If the West African’s are to do so, they will have to do it without Thomas Partey with the in-form midfielder to serve a one match suspension.

Andre and Jordan Ayew will also play no part as they were not selected by Kwesi Appiah with Christian Atsu and Asamoah Gyan a doubt due to injury.

Maritzburg United goal-minder Richard Ofori highlighted the importance of the match for the hosts, despite their fate having already been sealed.

“Although, we couldn’t qualify to the World Cup, we need to make sure we win the game as well, especially at home [for pride],” Ofori told “This is because when we went there we lost by two goals and now they’re coming to our home. We can’t sit back and lose the game.

“We need to wake up and win the game. Regarding what went wrong in the whole process, there is one thing about football. Sometimes you play your heart out but you can’t get the results.

“Sometimes, you hope to do your best and sometimes your best is not enough and another team will qualify.What we need to do is do our best for the future,” he concluded.

Goals from Salah and Abdallah Said guided Egypt to a 2-0 win in Alexandria 12 months ago.

Senegalese referee Malang Diedhiou will take charge of the clash.

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Black Starlets to face Mali, UAE ahead of U-17 World Cup – Ghana Premier League 2017

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 14:00

Ahead of their participation in the U-17 World Cup next month, Ghana have lined up friendlies against Mali and the United Arab Emirates.

Ghana are currently camping in the UAE as they prepare for the tournament in India.

The Black Starlets are set to face their fellow West Africans at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi today [Wednesday], with a match against the UAE set for Dubai on Sunday 24 September.

The U-17 World Cup kicks off on October 6 and runs until the 28th of the month.

Ghana will play in the opening game against Group A opponents Colombia before facing the United States and hosts India on October 9 and 12 respectively.

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Black Stars to fly out of Accra today – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Jordan Ayew of Ghana ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 17:30

Ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Congo, Ghana have altered their travel plans and will fly out of the capital Accra today.

The Black Stars originally planned to take a chartered flight to Brazzaville on Sunday. However, that idea was shelved following the teams’ first match in Kumasi on Friday.

The Group E clash finished 1-1, handing Ghana a major blow in their hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018.

James Kwesi Appiah’s side are placed third on the log on just two points, five and four points adrift of leaders Uganda and Egypt respectively.

The Black Stars will now fly out on Monday and train at the Kintele Municipal Stadium ahead of the match tomorrow.

The Congo v Ghana match on Tuesday afternoon will kick-off at 16h30. The visitors are set to be without captain Asamoah Gyan, while attacking midfielder Andre Ayew is also a doubt.

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Black Stars in Kumasi ahead of World Cup qualifier – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017. 15:00

Ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo on Friday, Ghana have arrived safely in Kumasi.

The Black Stars’ camp saw 11 of the 24 players called up report for duty on the first day of training.

Head coach James Kwesi Appiah oversaw a recovery training session at the Golden Tulip Hotel premises.

According to GHANASoccernet, captain Asamoah Gyan, his deputy Andre Ayew and brother Jordan are yet to report to camp.

Turkey-based Joseph Attamah is set to arrive tonight, as are US-based duo Jonathan Mensah and Harrison Afful.

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Black Stars head straight to Kumasi ahead of Congo clashes – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Dieudonne Bezua Mbokani of DR Congo challenged by Daniel Amartey of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Quarter Final football match between DR Congo and Ghana at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 29 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 17:00

Ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Congo, Ghana will begin their training with a session in Kumasi this evening.

The Black Stars will face Group E rivals Congo in back-to-back matches at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on September 1 and Stade Municipal de Kintele in Brazzaville on September 5.

Usually the Ghana team would gather and train in Accra ahead of travelling to Kumasi, but coach James Kwesi Appiah has decided to head straight to the venue instead, according to GHANASoccernet.

The Black Stars need a strong pair of results in the matches against the Red Devils, as they find themselves five points adrift of Group E leaders Egypt, who will battle Uganda in their two matches in Kampala and Alexandria.

Ghana have qualified for the last three World Cups in a row (2006, 2010 & 2014), with Appiah overseeing their successful campaign to book a spot at the last global tournament in Brazil.

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Black Stars name 24-man squad for World Cup qualifiers – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Atletico Madrid‘s Thomas Partey (2-R)

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 19:00

James Kwesi Appiah has named a 24-man squad for Ghana’s upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Congo.

Ghana will host their Group E rivals for the first match in Kumasi on September 1, with the return game four days later in Brazzaville.

Appiah has included two uncapped players in the shape of Edwin Gyasi and Gideon Waja, while the likes of Alfred Duncan, Christian Atsu and Jeffrey Schlupp make a welcome return to the squad.

However, there is still no place for the likes of Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Adam Kwarasey, while Kwadwo Asamoah is still absent despite his promise that he would soon make himself available for the national team again.

Veteran striker and captain Asamoah Gyan will lead the squad, with West Ham United midfielder Andre Ayew as his deputy.

Ghana squad:

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Martizburg,South Africa), Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Joseph Addo (Aduana FC,Ghana).

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus,USA) Agbenyenu Lumor (Portimonese, Portugal) Jeffery Schlupp (Crystal Palace, England) John Boye (Sivasspor,Turkey), Daniel Amartey (Leicester,England) Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew,USA) Nicholas Opoku (Club Africaine, Tunisia), Joseph Attamah (Bakaksehir, Turkey).

Midfielders: Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Andre Ayew (West Ham Utd, England), Kwadwo Poku (Miami FC, USA), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Edwin Gyasi (Aalesund FC, Norway), Gideon Waja (WAFA, Ghana), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo FC, Italy), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland).

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Kayerispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Swansea, UK), Raphael Gyamera (FC Zurich, Switzerland).

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Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah backs CAF changes – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 15:00

Ghana national team coach Kwesi Appiah says the changes to the CAF Africa Cup of Nations will enable teams to have strong squads for the tournament.

The Black Stars manager believes days where players fake injuries and avoid playing at the tournament are now over.

Appiah was speaking in reaction to the changes made by the continental football governing body last week during a football symposium in Morocco.

It was decided that the AFCON tournament will now be staged in June/July rather than in January/February as it was the case in the past.

CAF announced the changes last week in Rabat and the changes will take effect from June 2019 as Cameroon will host the tournament.

“It is a good decision because many Clubs in Europe do not like African players because they lose them during the Competition in January,” said Appiah to GnanaSoccernet.

“I don’t think any player will fake an injury to remain with their clubs because most leagues will be over before June.”

Meanwhile, CAF has also increased the number of teams to participate in the tourney from 16 to 24, but the changes have received mixed reactions from football stakeholders such as coaches among others.

It is reported that the Black Stars mentor was in the USA monitoring the performance of Ghanaian internationals in the Major League Soccer.

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Sulley Muntari wants to be part of Black Stars

Staff Reporter

Sunday Jun 25, 2017. 15:30

Experienced midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari has stated that he is ready for a recall to the Ghana national team if given chance.

Speaking to the at the Serena International Conference Centre on Friday, the Pescara FC player hinted that he has spoken to the new Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah.

“I spoke to him last week on many things to do with Ghana football and not necessarily return to the team,” stated Muntari.

Muntari is accompanying Japan and AC Milan player Keisuke Honda on a humanitarian mission in Uganda under the UN. Honda who is a good friend to Muntari is a UN Global Advocate for Youth across the world.

“It is always special to play for the national team and if given another chance I would be very greateful because I always want to serve my country. If the coach wants me I will pack my bags and go play for the team,” he added.

Ghana made a winning start with a 5-0 humbling of Ethiopia early this month in the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier s. But they are third in the 2019 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with only one point from two games played. The group has Egypt leading with a 100% win and have six points, while Uganda are second with four points and Congo Brazzaville are bottom with no point.

Speaking about Honda, Muntari hailed the special work ethic of the Japanese International and the high level of professionalism which many youngsters should emulate. He also said he is determined to keep fighting racism.

This season Muntari was booked in the game against Cagliari after he reported the abuse to the referee. He was sent off after walking off the pitch in protest at the yellow card. He was later suspended, but the Italian Football Federation overturned the suspension.

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Ghana’s Asamoah: I will return to the Black Stars soon – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jun 14, 2017. 16:30

Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has announced that he will soon end his three-year absence from the national team.

The 28-year-old Juventus player has not featured for the Black Stars since 2014, with injuries and a desire to focus on his club career seeing him have a ‘sabbatical’ from the national team.

Asamoah could have returned to the Ghana team earlier this year for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, but he asked to be excluded from Avram Grant’s squad.

The versatile midfielder is now ready to return to the Black Stars set-up and add to the 60-plus caps he has accumulated in his international career.

“Well, very soon, I will join the team,” Asamoah said at the Calcio Trade Ball in Accra on Tuesday.

“I left the team due to injuries and I needed to get better because I knew that the nation had more talent.

“Even in my absence, I see that the team has replacements and I am happy that I am doing well now.”

After a couple of years marred by major injuries, the Ghanaian appears to have recovered full fitness.

“I did not want to come back to the team when I was half-fit,” Asamoah added.

“I want to come back while I’m playing regularly and doing well with my club.

“Within a short time, I will join the team again.”

This opens the door for Asamoah to be included in Ghana’s squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Congo in late August and early September.

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Ghana’s Gyan celebrates 50 goals for the Black Stars – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana wins a header from Denis Iguma of Uganda as Hassan Wasswa of Uganda (l) and Andre Ayew (cl) of Ghana look on during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Jun 12, 2017. 18:30

Asamoah Gyan has expressed his delight after he scored his 50th goal for the Ghana national team this past weekend.

Gyan brought up a half century of goals for the Black Stars with a strike in Ghana’s 5-0 win over Ethiopia in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.

Futher goals from John Boye, Ebenezer Ofori and a brace from Raphael Dwamena completed the Black Stars’ emphatic triumph in Kumasi after Gyan had opened the floodgates with his 10th minute strike.

Gyan has become just the fifth African to score 50 or more goals for his national team, following in the footsteps of legends Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia), Hossam Hassan (Egypt), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) and Samuel Eto (Cameroon).

“Personally I’m very happy with my achievements in terms of the national team level,” Gyan is quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“First of all I have to thank the Almighty for the 50th goal and for what he’s done for me.

“Secondly, I’d like to thank my teammates, those I started with in 2003 till now. They are also included because without them I couldn’t achieve this feat.

“Thirdly, I’d like to thank the fans that turned up today, honestly I was so surprised with the attendance of the crowd, so I think they played an important role in this victory, hence I dedicate this 50th goal to the whole of Ghana and my teammates.”

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Black Stars shift base to Kumasi ahead of Ethiopia clash – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Atletico Madrid‘s Thomas Partey (2-R)

Graeme Jackson

Monday Jun 05, 2017. 18:00

Ghana’s national team today travelled to Kumasi ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia this weekend.

The Black Stars will battle the Wayla Antelopes in their opening Group E clash, with the meeting for the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on June 11.

Ghana have been training in Accra this past week in preparation for the match, with new coach James Kwesi Appiah keeping a close eye on his players.

The players in his squad were given an off day on Sunday, while those based locally were allowed to join their clubs for domestic league matches.

The Black Stars will up the intensity in their preparations now that they are in the ‘Garden City’, with Appiah expected to trim his provisional squad of 30 players in the coming days.

Ghana will be looking for an eighth successive qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations finals. The last tournament they missed was the 2004 edition in Tunisia.

The other Group E clash sees Sierra Leone host Kenya in Freetown on June 10.

Ghana’s 30-man provisional squad:


Richard Ofori (Wa Allstars), Adam Kwarasey (Brondby, Denmark), Felix Annan (Kotoko), Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars)


Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England)

Lumor Agbenyenu (Munich 1860, Germany), Daniel Darkwah (Aduana Stars, Ghana), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumalia (Al Gharafa, Qatar), Nicholas Opoku (B.Chelsea, Ghana), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), Jerry Akaminko ( Eskiserhispor, Turkey), Samuel Sarfo (Liberty, Ghana)


Mohammed Abu (Columbus Crew, USA), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany), Kingsley Sarfo (Sirius, Sweden), Winful Cobbinah (Hearts of Oak), Yaw Yeboah (FC Twente, Holland), Godsway Donyoh (Nordjaelland, Denmark), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland)


Asamoah Gyan (Al Alhi, UAE), Jordan Ayew (Swansea City, England), Majeed Waris (Lorient FC, France), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland)

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GFA hopeful Kwadwo Asamoah will resume Black Stars career – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday May 31, 2017. 16:00

After three years out of Ghana’s national team, the country’s FA is hopeful they can convince Kwadwo Asamoah to return to the team.

The 28-year-old Juventus player has not appeared for the Black Stars since their defeat to Portugal in the 2014 World Cup.

The versatile midfielder has battled against career-threatening injuries but appears to have regained his fitness this season, helping Juve win yet another Serie A title and reach the final of the UEFA Champions League.

Asamoah earlier this year asked to be excused from the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon, explaining that he wants to focus on his club career.

Now GFA vice president George Afriyie is hopeful that they can convince the player to resume his Black Stars career and add to the 69 caps he has accumulated.

“I know [previous coach] Avram Grant tried. Avram went to see Kwadwo on several occasions trying to convince him to come back,” Afriyie told KweséESPN.

“He has gone through some turbulent times, injuries here and there, and all that.

“Thankfully now he has recovered fully and is playing very well. Let’s give the new coach [Kwesi Appiah] the chance to also try to get him back.

“Fortunately, he will be coming home and I will take that opportunity to talk to him and see if he is ready to come back.”

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