Thursday, 7 September 2017

South Africa-Senegal 2018 WC Qualifier To Be Replay After Ref Was Banned For Match Fixing

FIFA have confirmed that South Africa and Senegal will replay their match day two 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The World football governing body came to this decision after the Senegalese Football Federation reported referee Joseph Lamptey to CAF and FIFA, following some of his decision-making in the encounter.

Lamptey was later banned for life by FIFA for what they deemed "match manipulation".
A statement from FIFA read: "The Bureau for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers ordered a replay of the qualification match between South Africa and Senegal held on 12 November 2016.
"This decision follows the confirmation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold the lifetime ban of match referee, Jospeh Lamptey, for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary and Appeal Committees.

"The match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.
 Referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life for match fixing.
"As stated in the FIFA World Cup regulations, this decision shall come into effect immediately but shall be subject to confirmation by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions at its next meeting, scheduled for 14 September."
In the controversial match, a dubious penalty was awarded to South Africa, leading to protests by Senegal and a FIFA investigation.

Ghana refereeing officials labelled the life ban on Lamptey "harsh", believing him to have made a genuine error.
 The South African Football Association said it is "studying the contents of the report and will issue a statement on intentions to challenge that decision".
A statement continues: "SAFA wishes to also state categorically that it was in no way involved with any wrongdoing related to the actions of the referee, as stated in the FIFA report.

"In the meantime, all issues related to this matter will be handled by Senior Counsel, Mr Norman Arendse."
South Africa are bottom of Group D, but now only have one point and will have to win their remaining three games to have any chance of qualifying.

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