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Ghanaian Footballer John Paintsil Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Wife in The Eye



A Ghanaian international footballer, John Paintsil has been arrested by the Legon Police in Accra for allegedly stabbing his wife, Richlove, in the eye on Friday afternoon.

According to, Paintsil was confronted by his wife following rumours he slept with some prostitutes during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa.

The allegation was first made by football enthusiast and social commentator Appiah Kofi popularly known as Appiah Stadium during a radio interview. 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 tournament.

Paintsil, however, denied the allegation and threatened to drag Appiah Stadium to court to clear his name. further reports that his wife, Richlove, questioned Paintsil on several occasions since the issue broke. However, he lost his temper on Friday and attacked his wife stabbing her in the eye. The former West Ham defender is also reported to have attacked a neighbour who attempted to rescue his wife, according to police.

The wife scaled a wall to a neighbour’s house for protection and immediately, John Paintsil also pursued her, came to the neighbour’s house, gave him some slaps and threatened to shoot him. That scared the gentleman who rushed to the police to lodge a complaint,” a witness told BBC Sport.

The wife is said to be unconscious after sustaining serious injuries to her eye and is currently at a hospital receiving treatment.

Paintsil, 31, is a member of the Ghana team that finished fourth at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Jd

    February 23, 2013 at 7:35 am

    What’s happening to all this sports men sef? It was pistorious and now paintsil. Our nija player shouldn’t venture this trend at all

  2. Tunji

    February 23, 2013 at 7:41 am

    This is a barbaric act from Pantsil act. He shouldve leave the house for his wife since she couldnt handle a mere rumour. Come to think of it, Sleeping with Prostitutes is common among footballers in such major tournaments. Mrs Pantsil should follow her husband to the next one so he wouldnt be tempted…Making trouble with ur husband over such an issue when he has not gotten over a poor outing not a xter of a good wife!

    • Hmm

      February 23, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      So its the wife’s fault.

      Does she need to follow him everywhere. As if she doesn’t have work to do.

      She just got stabbed here and you’re questioning her character.

      God help African men, Pathetic!

    • Abbey

      February 24, 2013 at 2:48 am

      Abi o!!!

    • molly

      February 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      are you freaking for real? wow i pity women are desperate to get married oo cos they might encounter your type. So according to your comment in summary it is normal for men to cheat and a bad wife is one that challenges her cheating husband? i really hope you didnt mean this. Geez

    • Mo

      February 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Your vision is definitely impaired! or you did not read the article correctly! He stabbed a human being, his wife! in the eye and beat her up and you are here justifying the act by saying “she could not handle mere rumors and soliciting with prostitute is a known act in football camp”. May the wind slap that your mouth for you o!

  3. titi

    February 23, 2013 at 8:12 am

    What is the matter with all these athletes….. first pistorius then this….are these men ok at all?????

  4. DeeDee

    February 23, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Hehehe so women now have to take judo classes before they date or get married so that they can defend themselves. The first time my bobo in uni hit me I left him immediately he attempted suicide threatened to kill himself and me if I didn’t come back to him so I did. He kept hitting me. I even tried to leave school. I had to date a soldier and move to the barrack to be safe.

    • Southernbelle

      February 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Lol….very funny, can’t stop laughing…

    • Gigi

      February 23, 2013 at 11:55 pm


  5. simi

    February 23, 2013 at 8:43 am

    2013 the year where athletics fall from their fame first it was Lance Armstrong and now Pistorious……. I pray that none of our Nigerian athletics will get this curse!

  6. Adedayo

    February 23, 2013 at 9:01 am

    This is serious o…..Anger Is One letter short of Danger..God help us all

  7. Ovuoke

    February 23, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Why so much violence against women? Too many men attacking, stabbing, shooting, killing women – ones they claim to love sef. It’s got to stop o!

  8. obah

    February 23, 2013 at 10:16 am

    All this men are not worthy to be called a matter the anger how can u raise a hand on your wife let alone stabbing her on the eye.useless men mtcheeewwwww.
    @deedee abeg stay away from violent men as soon as you notice any of your bf are pls run away.

  9. omolola

    February 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    i dont understand all these girls who wants to get married to “footballers” or famous men….i dated famous guys just for money when i was a student nd as soon as i finished my studies, i got married to “a NORMAL UNKNOWN GUY” who respects me bcos he knows his money cant buy me

  10. chi-ez

    February 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Ok now the woman is going back and not pressing charges seriously she needs to get out that abusive relationship. The guy is a dueche.

  11. pricess

    February 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    That guy is a beast n will go to jail 4 that. No body will do this 2 me n go free. God 4bid. Is painful enough that u cheated on the poor woman n now her eye? If the law sets u free, …..

  12. seemesee

    February 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Cowards: If Mike Tyson in his hey day made an accusation against you, or abused your mama and papa join, would you dare attack him! see!!! But you are such a ” mighty man of valor” to attack a defenceless woman! shame on ALL men that lift their finger against women! I repeat shame on you!

  13. Timma

    February 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    It is so sad that we are reading more and more about women being attacked or killed by men who swore to love them,this guy should be made to face the full wrath of the law!Wicked and stupid man!!!Madam,pls sue his pants off him!!Rubbish!

  14. Professor

    February 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Guys, we need 2 pray harder so dat this 2013 wouldn’t be a year of high mortality. Then, death is caused by enemies but now close relatives & friends. So beware.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      February 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Amen, ooo.

  15. tania

    February 24, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Its really sad,,,I hope n pray dat dis men do a fasting n prayer for God to help them manage der tempers

  16. BlackMagic Babe

    February 24, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Career over for him…shame,I can’t tolerate a cheating husband,let alone a stabbing one…

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