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South Africa and Senegal to replay World Cup Qualifier

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Football governing body, FIFA has ordered that a world cup qualifier match between South Africa and Senegal will be replayed after the referee of the tie was found guilty of match manipulation and banned for life.

The referee, Joseph Lamptey from Ghana, awarded a penalty to South Africa after he judged that a Senegalese defender had handled the ball in the box. However, video replays showed that the ball struck the defender, Kalidou Koulibaly on the knee. Senegalese Football Association then reported the incident to FIFA officially and it led to further investigation.

In an official statement, FIFA said “the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to ban the Ghanaian match official Joseph Odartei Lamptey from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at a national and international level for life. The official was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par. 1 (unlawfully influencing match results) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November 2016.”

South Africa ended up 2-1 winners on the night but that victory will no longer stand as the Bureau for FIFA World cup Qualifiers ordered a replay of the tie. The replay would take place within the November 2017 international window with the exact date and time to be decided.

This is however subject to confirmation by the Organizing Committee on FIFA competitions at its next meeting scheduled for September 14th.

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