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Hearts coach Polo pleads innocence in attack on referee after Medeama loss

Hearts of Oak coach Mohammed Polo

Hearts of Oak coach Mohammed Polo

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Hearts of Oak coach Mohammed Polo insists he did not attack the referee in the aftermath of his side’s 2-1 defeat to Medeama on Wednesday.

Polo charged on referee John Atikese to protest over Medeama’s winning goal after the assistant referee had flagged for offside.

The Hearts of Oak trainer also complained of lack of protection for his players with tackles flying in in the outstanding Premier League match played at the Tarkwa T&A Park.

But Polo insists his verbal charge on the referee was in no way savage but only to point out his errors .

“He [referee] had officiated the game without giving my players the due protection as they hacked around the pitch,” he told Metro FM.

“I went to the referee to draw his attention that his assistant had flagged for offside before the goal was scored.

“That was the only thing I said to him because my players had stopped playing because of the assistant referee.

“And yet still the goal was made to stand.”

Hearts missed the opportunity to close the gap on leaders Asante Kotoko who are coasting to their third straight Premier League title.

The Phobians face another tough trip to Kumasi to face King Faisal this weekend.

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