‘Fair Play is an English word and not an obligation in football,’ Gabon coach Neveu replies Milovan


The Panthers boss insists it is was not an obligation for this men to comply with fair play since it is always the discretion of who is in control of the ball

Ghana coach Patrice Neveu has clapped back at Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac following his side’s 1-1 draw against the Black Stars in Group C of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.

A late equaliser from Clermont Foot midfielder Jim Allevinah broke the hearts of Ghana which resulted into a chaotic scene after the game since the Ghanaians believed Gabon used unfair means to score.

Ghana defender Andy Yiadom got injured and the ball was kicked out by the Ghanaians but when the game restarted with a throw in, the Gabon players did not play it back to Ghana in a form of replay.

They rather caught the Black Stars unaware to score the equaliser and that led to a chaotic scene after the game with Ghana striker Benjamin Tetteh seeing red card as he hit one of the Gabon players in the process.

After the game, Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac vehemently complained about the incident but Gabon were adamant to his frustrations.

“What is fair play? The word fair play is an English word. We don’t have this word in French,” Neveu said after the game.

“Before you (Ghana) lecture me about Fair Play, you (Ghana) were involved in so many instances that do not show that you were practicing it exactly.

“We saw a chance to score and we capitalised on that to equalise. If Ghana wanted fair play, they should have kept playing the ball rather than falling down so easily just to delay the game. They don’t deserve any fair play from us,” he added.

The results means that Ghana sit third on Group C log with one point while Gabon now have four points from two games. The Black Stars would need to defeat Comoros on Tuesday to stand a chance of progressing from the group to the next stage of the competition.


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