The world football ruling body, FIFA, has wielded its big stick on a Ghanaian referee, Joseph Lamptey, by banning him for life from officiating in any world cup competition. The banned referee officiated the World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal.
Joseph Lamptey was banned for “match manipulation”.
In the controversial match, the referee awarded a penalty to South Africa in their 2-1 win in November last year for handball but replays showed that the ball hit Senegal’s Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly on the knee.
The match is due to be replayed in the November 2017 international window.
Lamptey was banned for life in March and yesterday, Wednesday, the decision was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Senegal and South Africa are currently third and fourth respectively in Africa’s Group D behind Burkina Faso and Cape Verde Islands. Only the top team qualifies for next year’s finals in Russia. [myad]