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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Hearts ban Kingston for accountant attack

ESPN staff

Former Ghana international Laryea Kingston has been "suspended indefinitely" by his club Hearts of Oak after their accountant complained of being "assaulted in the full glare of the supporters" by the midfielder.

Kingston, 33, has had his fair share of negative publicity in the past having reportedly tried to punch then-Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac after being omitted from the 2010 World Cup squad, while he has previously clashed with a Hearts fan and publicly criticised a former coach.

The latest incident, which took place after a friendly game against Apex FC last Friday, came after Kingston was accused of "playing truant" over the past two months as he seeks a new club.

The former Heart of Midlothian player was told his wages would be withdrawn but reacted angrily when the club's accountant delivered the news to him.

"Management decided to withhold the player's January salary and the letter communicating the decision was signed by the accountant and handed to him at the Accra Stadium," an official statement from Hearts of Oak read.

"Laryea Kingston took offence and crumpling the letter, hit the accountant with it on the upper chest and knocked it down his under-shirt through the neck hole. Subsequently, the player rained insults on the club official who was only performing a duty assigned him by management. This incident happened in the full view of supporters of the club some of whom have, upon our request, corroborated the story.

"In view of the above, and against the background of a similar act of gross insubordination towards then head coach C.K Akunnor at the preseason camp in Secondi which resulted in Laryea Kingston's suspension and subsequent pardon, management has decided to impose an indefinite suspension without pay on the player. The player is further warned to abandon his disruptive behaviour or risk outright dismissal from the club."

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