South Africa and Senegal have been ordered by FIFA to replay their World Cup qualifier completed in November last year after the referee was given a lifetime ban for “match manipulation”.
Home team South Africa won the match 2-1 in Polokwane but the result will not stand after action taken against Ghana official Jospeh Lamptey was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
A statement said: “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.
“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.
After the ban was imposed, Senegal officials have pushed for a replay to give their side, which features Premier League stars Sadio Mane, Cheikhou Kouyate and Idrissa Gueye.
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 Arenas.”- Mirror, picture credit, FIFA.com