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Fifa bans Ghana ref for life

Joseph Lamptey

FIFA has banned Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for the rest of his life after he “unlawfully influenced” the result of Bafana Bafana’s clash with Senegal.

The match official received the sanction after awarding Bafana a controversial penalty which Thulani Hlatshwayo converted, before allowing a second Thulani Serero strike despite seeming to stop the game before it went in.

The crucial World Cup qualifier ended in a 2-1 victory for Bafana, and Lamptey was the subject of much criticism and anger from Senegal’s players, fans and officials.

As a result, the Senegalese Football Federation sent a letter in protest to Fifa, who subsequently found that the referee had influenced the result unfairly.

Fifa’s disciplinary committee said in a statement: “The Fifa DC 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 national and international level for life.

“The official was found guilty of breaching article 69 paragraph one [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.”

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