GFA Ready To Pay Asamoah Gyan’s Armband Fine- George Afriyie

    /    Jun 12, 2017   /     Sports  /    0 Comments  /    289 Views

Ghana Black Stars thrashed their Ethiopian counterparts in a resounding 5 nil victory in the Afcon 2019 qualifiers at the Baba Yara Stadium.

Amidst the glee and fun fare in coach Kwesi Appiah’s second coming and the margin of victory, captain Asamoah Gyan scored a milestone 50th goal in a storied international career.

But Gyan’s customized captains armband that was purportedly designed by our kit manufacturer Puma to mark his milestone celebration has stolen the headlines for apparently all the wrong reasons.

While some people have described Gyan’s action as normal it goes contrary to Fifa regulation on the use of captain’s armband.

FIFA’s law on equipment regulations, 20.3 Captain’s armbands shall remain free of, and shall not produce, in FIFA’s discretion, the visual effect of a manufacturer’s identification, a sponsor, any decorative element or further elements, expect for word “captain” or an abbreviation or translation thereof.

Vice President of the Ghana Football Association who also doubles as the management committee chairman of the Black stars,Mr George Afriyie in an interview with Accra based Happy FM stated that its no big issue and the FA is ready to pay any fine should FIFA decide to impose any.

“I don’t think this is an issue worth debating. If FIFA decides to fine us we are ready to pay. All we can be required to pay will be $1000 – $2,500 and I don’t think this is a big issue,”

Asamoah Gyan who was playing his 102nd cap for Ghana was subbed off midway in the second half for Majeed Warris but instead of handing over the armband to deputy captain Dede Ayew walked off for his place on the bench as the technical team sent Dede a new captain’s armband.

Although coach Kwesi Appiah and Gyan down played the issue during the post game press conference,the matter has become a major talking point seemingly overshadowing the results on the day.

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