The Ghanaian Football Association may incur the wrath of FIFA following Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan’s customized captain arm band.
Asamoah Gyan wore an arm band with his face on it in the Black Stars’ 5-0 win over Ethiopia in the 2019 AFCON Qualifier over the weekend.
The customized band which had his name and picture could not be used by his deputy Andre Ayew upon his substitution in the game.
However, with reference to the rules governing the game, Gyan and the Ghana Football Association could face sanctions by the World Football governing body.
FIFA’s Equipment Regulations on armband, states:
“20.1 A captains armband exclusively provided by FIFA must be used for all Matches of Final Competitions. FIFA may provide two captain’s armbands in contrasting Colours.”
“20.2 For any Matches of Preliminary Competition and any Preliminary Olympic Matches the captain’s armband shall be of one dominant Colour, or exceptionally composed of the Colours of the National Flag clearly distinguishable from the Colour used on the sleeves of the shirt of the Player.”
“Captain’s armbands shall remain free of, and shall not produce, in FIFA’s discretion, the visual effect of a Manufacturer’s identification, a sponsor, any Decorative Element or further elements, except for the word “captain” or an abbreviation or translation thereof.”
Management Committee chairman of the Black Stars who doubles as the Vice President of the GFA, Fred Pappoe, has revealed the federation and the management knew nothing about the customized armband.
FIFA could therefore crack the whip on both Gyan and the GFA for the unsanctioned act.