Referee for Ghana-Portugal Game Once Showed 2 Ghanaian Players Red Cards In One Match

Referee for Ghana-Portugal Game Once Showed 2 Ghanaian Players Red Cards In One Match

The American referee, Ismail Elfath, who will officiate Ghana’s game against Portugal at the 2022 World Cup, is a no-nonsense man.

Five years in the past, he gave two Ghanaian players of Columbus Crew two pink playing cards of their 3-0 defeat to (*2*) Union in Major League Soccer.

The Columbus Crew, who had three Ghanaian players of their squad for that match, noticed two of their players, Jonathan Mensah and Lalas Abubakar, get pink playing cards within the game.

Jonathan Mensah, a former Black Stars defender, was the primary to take an early bathe within the game within the thirty fifth minute when referee Ismail Elfath confirmed him a pink card for bringing down C.J Sapong of (*2*) Union.

Another Ghanaian player for Columbus Crew, Lalas Abubakar additionally confronted the wrath of referee Ismail Elfath, as he obtained a pink card after choosing up a second yellow card 14 minutes to full-time.

The selections of referee Ismail Elfath was closely criticized by Columbus Crew manager Gregg Berhalter after they lost the game by 3-0 defeat to (*2*) Union in MLS in 2017.

Five years after the incident, referee Ismail Elfath has been appointed by FIFA to deal with Ghana’s first game at the 2022 World Cup against Portugal.

The Black Stars tackle the Selecao of Portugal of their opening match of the event at the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium on Thursday, November 24, at 4pm.

Ismail Elfath will be assisted on the sideline by Kyle Atkins and Corey Parker as assistants with Stéphanie Frappart from France because the fourth official.

Elfath officiated his first match in 2011 and has since turn out to be probably the most revered match officers. He has gained the MLS Referee of the Year award twice previously three years. He officiated the semi-final of the 2019 Club World Cup.

Out of a complete 264 matches, Elfath has issued 952 yellow playing cards, 65 pink playing cards and has awarded 83 penalty kicks.

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