Paintsil denies footballers are ill-mannered

Ex-national footballer, John Paintsil, has denied vehemently public perception that footballers are rude and disrespectful.

Many people think athletes particularly footballers are rude towards others due to the worth their profession comes with.

But Paintsil told Legends host Agyemang Prempeh on TV XYZ on Sunday, August 8, 2020, that football is a gentleman’s game and as such players are disciplined.

“There’s no such thing. Football is a gentleman’s game. Football also comes with respect, huge respect and if you don’t respect, it means you are not disciplined.

“You can’t be disciplined without respect. Respect connects with discipline. So, every players who’ve achieved a lot in football is a disciplined player,” he asserted.

In the interview with TV XYZ, the former Liberty Professionals defender eloquently praised former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan, describing him as “great skipper”.

Gyan made his international debut against Somalia in a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Somalia in 2003, scoring in the match.

He has gone on to become Ghana’s most-capped and all-time top scorer with 106 appearances and 51 goals.

He is also the highest-scoring African at the World Cup with six strikes to his name. In 2010, he was named BBC African Footballer of the Year.

At Afcon, the forward is the second-highest scoring Ghanaian at the tournament with eight goals.

Paintsil believes the former Sunderland player immense football talents makes him peerless on the field of play.

“Gyan is a great skipper. He’s a skipper you can always rely on. No matter how difficult the game is, definitely he will, win the opponent for us,” he told TV XYZ’s Legends programme hosted by Agyemang Prempeh.

“For me, playing with him was great, and most of my balls he makes me feel at ease. He gives you way to give him right passes. He’s someone when playing with him he doesn’t let defenders feel pressured – he moves a lot.”

By: Bernard Ralph Adams/

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