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Ghana minister calls for rule change

July 7, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Ghana sports minister Akua Sena Dansua has called on FIFA to introduce a rule change after seeing the Black Stars deprived of a place in the World Cup semi-finals by Luis Suarez's handball.

Luis Suarez handballs amid chaotic scenes in the box
GettyImagesLuis Suarez handballs amid chaotic scenes in the box

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Uruguay forward Suarez received a red card and conceded a penalty when palming Dominic Adiyiah's goalbound effort off the line in the last seconds of extra-time last week, but Asamoah Gyan missed from 12 yards and Ghana were subsequently defeated in a shoot-out.

The incident provoked a debate over whether football should impose a 'penalty goal' rule, in line with sports like rugby, whereby a goal could be awarded if there is no doubt the ball is heading into the net.

While Dansua did not specify which rules should be changed, she did call on FIFA to reassess current regulations. Any rule changes must be approved by the International Football Association Board which next meets in March 2011.

Dansua has also asked the African Union to raise awareness of "unfair treatment" shown towards African countries in international competition.

Meanwhile, Ghana president John Atta Mills has confirmed that Milovan Rajevac's squad will be given $20,000 each after reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup. He said: "You did not win the World Cup but, through your performance, you carried high the flags of not only Ghana but Africa."