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Paintsil in wife assault probe

Ghana defender John Paintsil was arrested by in the country's capital on Friday afternoon for stabbing his wife in the eye.

He has now been released on a $20,000 bail following initial questioning.

Supersport.com understands that John Paintsil was confronted by his wife on reports making rounds that he slept with some prostitutes during the 2013 Afcon tournament in South Africa.

The allegation was first made by football enthusiast and social commentator, Appiah Kofi, popularly known as Appiah Stadium in a radio interview on Happy FM.


Appiah alleged that the veteran defender was responsible for bringing women to the Black Stars camp to have sexual intercourse with them and this culminated in the team’s poor output at the Afcon.

John Paintsil however denied the allegation and threatened to drag Appiah Stadium to court to clear his name.

Wife of John Paintsil, Richlove, is reported to have questioned the player on several occasions since the issue broke. The followup to the story was that the player also accused his wife of theft of $20,000.

"I was at home when I heard a noise. I went to investigate and saw John Paintsil and his wife exchanging words. John alleged that his wife had stolen $20,000 from him. He started beating her mercilessly till she started bleeding. His wife then run to the next house but Paintsil scaled the wall and went after her and kept beating her," the eyewitness said.

"The landlord had to come out and slap him [Paintsil] after some exchange of words. He left the place with his children. The police then arrived. She (Richlove Painstil) collapsed and it was John Mensah’s wife who took her to the hospital."

The wife subsequently spent the night at the Mensahs', while Paintsil was at the Alisa Hotel in Accra after his bail release.

Greater Accra Police Public Relations Officer DSP Freeman Tetteh told supersport.com that the veteran Afcon participant - five times since 2006 - also attacked a neighbor who attempted to rescue his wife.

DSP Tetteh added that John Paintsil was held for assault and causing harm.

Wife's denial

The wife was said to be unconscious after sustaining serious injuries to her eye. She is currently at a near-by hospital receiving treatment.

Moments after the news started trending on social and electronic media, Richlove spoke to Joy FM and said it was only a domestic quarrel that should be left to be sorted at home.

She would not go into details on what happened, except to warn the interviewer to respect her rights to privacy. Richlove Paintsil also cautioned against the publishing or airing of the incident.

She said the police account must not be taken seriously.


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