Ghana’s Waris receives six-game ban
Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris has been banned for six matches after being sent off in last weekend’s Ligue 1 match between Lorient and Guingamp.
Waris was incensed by a tackle from Guingamp’s French forward Jimmy Briand and reacted by launching into a kung fu-style kick on his opponent, which resulted in a straight red card.
The red card meant an automatic two-match suspension but a disciplinary committee extended this to six matches following his reaction in which he kicked water bottles in frustration on the sidelines.
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Waris, 24, has since apologised for what he claims was out of character and no malice involved in the act of the horrendous challenge.
“What happened on Saturday is strange, crazy,” Waris told Ouest France. “This is the first time in my life that I have got angry like that, on the pitch or off it. I still wonder how I could respond like that, although there were causes.
“The guy fouls me. He was not sanctioned and I have a bad reaction to severe tackles. I should not have done it but I had no intention of hurting him or to kill him. I just wanted to scare him.”
Waris was not included in the recent Ghana squad for the Blackstars World Cup qualifier against Comoros.