Ghanaians “Attack” Bribe-Rejecting Referee, Victor Gomes For “Wrongly” Disallowing Andre Ayew’s Goal

Victor Miguel de Freitas Gomes, the South African referee who officiated in Ghana’s penalty loss to Tunisia faced the wrath of Ghanaians on social media.

A lot of Ghanaians felt that he denied The Stars qualification to the quarter-final after he disallowed Andre Ayew’s cheeky back heel finish in the first half for a hand ball against Thomas Partey.

“Unfortunately” for our passionate Ghanaians, replays show that Victor Gomes made the right call, though for another reason – Thomas Partey was offside.

A little background check on Victor Gomes reveals that he has been a referee in the South African Premier League (PSL) since 2008 and was voted PSL Referee of the season in 2012-13 and has been an international referee since 2011. In 2018, he was widely commended by the PSL after he rejected a bribe of over R300, 000. Gomes was offered the sum of money to fix a CAF Confederation Cup match between Nigerian side, Plateau United and Algerian side USM Alger.

Below are some comments from furious Ghanaians: