FIFA on Wednesday ordered that a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed after the referee was found guilty of match manipulation and banned for life.
South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 in the qualifier last November, helped by a penalty awarded by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for a non-existent handball.
That result will be annulled and the game will be replayed this November, FIFA said, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the life ban for Lamptey.
According to FIFA, “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.”
This is the ‘handball’ that led to Joseph Lamptey being banned, and South Africa v Senegal being replayed. ‘Match manipulation’ FIFA say. pic.twitter.com/4o7oxzdAl6
— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) September 6, 2017
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.
FIFA found Lamptey guilty of breaching the rule relating to “unlawfully influencing match results” and banned him for life in March. The referee failed with appeals to FIFA’s appeal committee and now to CAS.
In the meantime, South Africa Football Association (SAFA) released a statement to clear the association of any wrongdoing: “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.”