Asante Kotoko stand by suspended Richmond Lamptey for match manipulation

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Asante Kotoko have offered their support to Richmond Lamptey after he was banned for 30 months by the Ghana Football Association for his involvement in a match-fixing scandal at the end of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

According to the GFA’s verdict released on Monday, the 25-year-old was charged on two counts for breaching Article 34(6)(d) of the GFA Premier league regulations,2019 and Article 26(1) & (2) of the GFA Code of Ethics, 2019.

“That Richmond Lamptey of Inter Allies FC is hereby banned for a period of 30 months in accordance with Article 34.5(d)(i) of the Ghana Premier League Regulations.”

Ashanti Gold thrashed Inter Allies 7-0 involving two own goals, with viral post-match footage on social media showing what were described as “cheap and deliberate own goals”.

Later, Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah, who came into the game as a second-half substitute and bagged two own goals, confessed to deliberately putting the ball behind his own goalkeeper with intentions of foiling what he suspected was a standing, fixed 5-0 scoreline.

Lamptey, who joined the Porcupine Warriors from Inter Allies prior to the start of the 2021/22 season was part of 34 players and officials from the two teams who were handed various bans and fines for their involvement in the match fixing.

Below is a statement from Asante Kotoko offering their support to the midfielder:

“The attention of the Club has been drawn to a decision of the disciplinary committee of the Ghana Football association banning its player, Richmond Lamptey for a period of thirty (30) months.”

“The alleged misconduct of the player is said to have occurred at the time he played for Inter Allies FC.

“The Player was charged by the GFA at the beginning of the 2021/2022 football season, at a time the Club had signed on the Player.

“The Club supported the Player through the prosecution process and would continue to lend its support to the Player at this time until finality is brought to the matter.”

Both Ashgold and Inter Allies will be demoted to the Division Two League from the 2022/23 league season after being found guilty of match manipulation in their 2020/21 Ghana Premier League matchday 34 game at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.

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