By Patrick Akoto
Referees’ appointment committee chairman Randy Abbey has denied reports he is scheming against Kotoko’s title defence.
Kotoko fans criticized referee Sumaila Ibrahim sharply for his poor performance in their 1-1 home draw against Heart of Lions on Sunday.
A member of Kotoko’s Africa campaign committee Nana Kwame Dankwah suggested on a number of radio stations on Monday that Abbey could be responsible for recent bias officiating that the club has endured in the hands of referees.
But the former Ghana FA Communication Director has rubbished the reports insisting they are well wide off the mark.
“This is kind of 16th century tactics being deployed is unfortunate.When things don’t go well, then you start to create conspiracy theories and go round radios and think that you’re pleasing supporters is a thing of the past,” Abbey fumed on Kumasi-based Fox FM
“People should learn and begin to appreciate that we’re in a different dispensation and in a different environment and things ought to be done properly.
“For anyone who claims to be an official go about making comment to suggest that the referees’ appointment committee chairman determines the kind of referees that officiate a particular match, betrays the person’s level of intelligence.
“And I don not think that a great club like Kotoko deserve that.
“The appointment committee only recommend officials for matches. Once the list is completed and I sign, it is sent to the president and the FA will give the final approval.
“And that is what will be put out on the net and the referees will be informed.
“So when people are suppose to be leaders of football clubs and get up and go round the radio all day to accuse someone one of appointing, is it that the person is ignorant or deliberately being mischievous and very callous?
Hearts launched a massive campaign against Ashanti Regional FA chairman Osei Tutu Agyemang for abuse of power after he suggested on a Kumasi-based radio station he would use his position to help Kotoko win the Premier League.
He was subsequently sacked as the referees’ appointment committee chairman.