Ghanaians call out American referee Ismail Elfath over bias officiating
Ghanaians are not happy with Ismail Elfath, the referee who officiated the match between Black Stars and Portugal in the ongoing World Cup competition in Qatar.
They are of the view that but for certain biased decisions by the American referee, they could have at least drawn with their opponents they held on for the first half of the game.
There are appeals on social media for FIFA to have a review of the game and sanction the referee.
Here are some of the comments sampled
Dear @FIFAcom, this is a public protest asking you to review and suspend this referee, Ismail Elfath.
He’s an apology of a referee and shouldn’t be doing this at this level. Game changing decisions without remorse. pic.twitter.com/Emj319cyIO
— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) November 24, 2022
Even Mike Dean feels Ghana were “cheated”. Says it’s scary that the referee wasn’t asked to go take a second look at the Salisu incident on the VAR screen! It’s unfathomable. pic.twitter.com/L5IIamJwQ7
— Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo (@Fentuo_) November 24, 2022
No, that shouldn't have been given as a penalty, Ronaldo dived pic.twitter.com/cyMmke2Mcx
— Has the Referee or VAR made a poor decision? (@PoorEPLreferees) November 24, 2022
Referee Ismail Elfath should not be allowed to officiate any more games involving the World Cup. He is a racist and a danger to football. @FIFAcom @ghanafaofficial @UEFAcom @SaddickAdams pic.twitter.com/5Yu7w4hxkn
— Della Russel (@IamClassPee) November 24, 2022
American referee Ismail Elfath awarded an imaginary penalty to Portugal against Ghana without checking with VAR pic.twitter.com/VbrdBorFZi
— Blaise Eyong (@BlaiseEyong) November 24, 2022
Referee Ismail Elfath: You were not fair to @GhanaBlackstars in this #Qatar2022 #FIFAWorldCup game against @selecaoportugal, that they lost 2-3. @Cristiano did not deserve that penalty you gave. Why did you not use #VAR? Why? At least you should have checked! 🤷🏾♂️😐 pic.twitter.com/NkchFj4fEL
— Osasu Obayiuwana (@osasuo) November 24, 2022
Hmm I still can’t sleep. So can’t FIFA do anything to the referee? This is not fair. #TeamGhana
— Dr. Louisa A. Satekla (@drlouisa_s) November 25, 2022
The referee robbed Ghana 🇬🇭 in broad daylight, allowing an offside goal and awarding a penalty for no foul committed. No VAR check. Gh should petition.
The VAR Man of the match Nana Addo Lord Kenya #Portugal #racist Jordan Ayew Asamoah Gyan Robbery Was VAR pic.twitter.com/kNKGWCndlm
— Ezequiel 🇬🇭 (@eapasera) November 24, 2022
Dear @FIFAWorldCup the keeper hold Inaki’s leg and that one the Referee couldn’t see.Why the VAR is on vacation?Africans are always cheat…Racism #Portugal #TeamGhana pic.twitter.com/VJkKYb8lTU
— villasboaz🙏 (@ObengVillasboas) November 24, 2022
Both the referee and VAR officials were so bias
First refused to check that penalty which was never a penalty
Then again refused to check Leao who was offside pic.twitter.com/BtIc4MI6eW
— Frank Darkwah (@Blaqqkoffi) November 24, 2022