The Bureau for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers has ordered a replay of the qualification match between South Africa and Senegal which took place on the 12th November 2016, following match referee Joseph Lamptey’s lifetime ban.
Ghanaian ref Lamptey has been banned for awarding a penalty to South Africa for a non existent hand ball inside the 18-yard box, to unlawfully influence the match result.
Replays clearly showed the ball hit Senegal’s Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly on the knee and dropped to the ground. South Africa went on to win the qualifying Group D match 2-1 in Polokwane.
A statement from football’s world governing body released Wednesday night 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, Joseph 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 September 14.”
Lamptey initially received a three month ban, but on Wednesday a lifetime ban was upheld by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
This latest development means South Africa now have only one point in Group D and need to win back the three points that have been removed. At present it is not known whether the South African Football Association will appeal this decision.
Lamptey also served as an official at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.