Gabon and Ghana players WRITE after AFCON draw with Black Stars striker Benjamin Tetteh sent off

Gabon and Ghana players WRITE after AFCON draw with Black Stars striker Benjamin Tetteh who is taken from the dressing room by the referee to be shown a red card for a blow to Aaron Boupendza

  • Ghana and Gabon drew 1-1 in their Africa Cup of Nations Group C meeting
  • But the spectacle ended in chaos as both sets of players were involved in a scrap
  • VAR saw Ghana’s Benjamin Tetteh Gabon star Aaron Boupendza. to beat
  • The Algerian referee pulled Tetteh back from the tunnel to give him a red card



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The Africa Cup of Nations clash between Gabon and Ghana ended in chaos on Friday night when a massive brawl ensued after full-time – leading to Black Stars player Benjamin Tetteh being shown a red card for a wild punch.

The two Group C rivals drew 1-1 in their second game of the tournament, with Jim Allevinah’s late equalizing goal giving the Panthers a point after Andre Ayew’s sensational opener gave Ghana the lead.

Ghana’s frustrations were evident at full-time, with those grievances spilling over into a fight between both sets of players. Amid the brawl, Black Stars replacement saw Tetteh throw his fists at Gabon’s Aaron Boupendza.

Gabon's AFCON clash with Ghana plunged into full-time chaos with a massive brawl

Gabon’s AFCON clash with Ghana plunged into full-time chaos with a massive brawl

Benjamin Tetteh of Ghana (not pictured) was sent off for a blow to Aaron Boupendza (below)

Benjamin Tetteh of Ghana (not pictured) was sent off for a blow to Aaron Boupendza (below)

Benjamin Tetteh of Ghana (not pictured) was sent off for a blow to Aaron Boupendza (below)

The Panthers attacker hit the deck in terror, while VAR saw Tetteh’s punch as he looked through the incident that happened after the final whistle.

Algerian referee Lahlou Benbraham was then told to wave a red card to Tetteh – who had already disappeared through the tunnel back to the dressing room.

Benbraham spoke to Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, who clearly told the Gunners star to get ‘number 25’ back from the tunnel, with Tetteh being shown a red card when he emerged.

The result casts serious doubt on Ghana’s chances of reaching the knockout stages of AFCON, with the Black Stars having to beat the Comoros to have any chance of progress.

Referee Lahlou Benbraham had to get Tetteh out of the tunnel area to wave him the red

Referee Lahlou Benbraham had to get Tetteh out of the tunnel area to wave him the red

Referee Lahlou Benbraham had to get Tetteh out of the tunnel area to wave him the red

They will be without substitute Tetth for that crucial third group match through suspension. The 24-year-old striker was deployed in the 91st minute to snag a winner.

Gabon, meanwhile, can make plans for the final rounds as they are in second place with four points – which should be enough to reach the knockout rounds even if they slip to third.

The Panthers managed to achieve that feat without captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing in their first two games due to the coronavirus.

Ghana were frustrated that their chances of reaching the knockout rounds suffered a blow after the 1-1 draw

The Arsenal striker missed the first game against the Comoros as he found himself in isolation after testing positive for the virus earlier this month and was not picked for this match as post-Covid checks showed he had ‘heart lesions’ – so he wasn’t at risk.

Ghana took the lead in the first half when captain Ayew picked up Partey’s pass about 25 yards from goal, easily spanned his man before crashing a long shot as the Gabo goalkeeper.

The Black Stars looked set to settle for a 1-0 win, but those plans were ruined when Allevinah hit a left-handed shot as the clock ticked in the 90 minutes to take a crucial point.

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