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Paintsil PR machine clicks into gear



Following allegations that he has stabbed his wife, the Public Relations machinery for John Paintsil has been busy, working to clear the name of the footballer.

Top of the pile of their angst has been the treatment of the star by the law.

"We are not happy with the manner the police handled the issue….for the police PRO to just break the news that John actually stabbed his wife is a matter of interest to us because we feel the police should have relaxed and investigated the issue before issuing a statement," Mr. Ebenezer Aidoo, who is the player's spokesperson, stated.

Defender John Paintsil was arrested in the country's capital on Friday afternoon for allegedly stabbing his wife in the eye, a claim Aidoo challenges.

"John is a big star both in Ghana and internationally. He’s a role model as well. They have both regretted their actions, patched up and are living together happily now," he said, while admitting that the was "an altercation" in the couple's home.

The Israel based player 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.

Mr Aidoo spoke again on Monday morning: "On that particular Friday, tempers flared in John’s house and got out of hand but at the end of the day, John did not stab his wife; his wife did not scale the neighbour’s wall. Let us all wait for the police investigation to end so we know what truly happened."

However, earlier reports from the Greater Accra Public Relations Officer, DSP Freeman Tettey, had stated that after initial investigations, it was established that the footballer had stabbed his wife.

The police officer has however recanted, in an interview on Citi FM's Breakfast Show on Monday morning, that the football player did not stab his wife.

Investigations continue into the matter, which has drawn wide interest from the general public. In Ghana 15 495 were reportedly assaulted by their spouses in 2011, according to statistics from the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Ghana Police Serve.

Also, assault on men by women also increased by 62 per cent in the same period to 2 474.

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