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‘Stop treating drinking and smoking as atrocious crime’ - Dan Quaye defends under-fire Hearts players Featured

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Former Black Stars defender, Dan Quaye, has come to the defence of under-fire Hearts of Oak players condemned for allegedly drinking and smoking.


The former Hearts of Oak legend comment comes after Hearts of Oak board member, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe accused the club's players of engaging in smoking and drinking before and after matches.


In the midst of the criticism levelled against players of the Phobians, Quaye made clear that the practice is a norm all over the world but only vilified only in Ghana.


“Drinking and smoking are everywhere in the world of football. In Germany, Spain, England, and other countries, players take cups of beer to regain lost energy after a game, others smoke as a sign of enjoyment after a match win,” the former Hearts defender said on Agyenkwa FM.


Quaye said it was normal for him to drink a bottle of alcohol after their victories over rivals Asante Kotoko.


The former Great Olympics player, however, warned Ghanaians to stop treating drinking and smoking as abominable crimes for footballers.


“It's only in our country that when a player is seen drinking then it's a taboo and for that matter become a big news in the public.


“In my playing days, I used to drink a bottle of Guinness. When we win a game, it's just a moment to feel happy.


“Even when we beat Kotoko to win the super cup, I drank one bottle of Guinness after the game”.


By: Pascal Nii Gogo Amoah

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