Senegal rejoice over referee ban

Senegal rejoice over referee ban
Joseph Lamptey

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Mar 22, 2017. 11:30

Just after handing a penalty to South Africa in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal, the Senegalese Football Federation is delighted by referee Joseph Lamptey's life ban.

FIFA has since banned the Ghanaian referee for life after what the global football authority believes was match manipulation.

Although the West African referee is allowed to appeal the ban through FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, his future remains in jeopardy.

Following his decision to hand Bafana Bafana the penalty, Bafana went on to win the encounter 2-1 last November.

Lamptey penalised Kalidou Koulibaly for handball, but replays showed the ball hit his knee prompting FIFA to strike him off the referees roll.


The win for South Africa left them in second place in the four-team group after two matches, with Senegal in third.

Lamptey officiated at the Rio Olympics last year and the FSF, who made a complaint to FIFA over Lamptey, is happy with the decision.

"Today there are many reasons to be happy about this decision - a decision that will be remembered as being significant but will also warn everybody that they are being watched," FSF vice-president Abdoulaye Sow told BBC Sport.

"All cheating and stealing will be punished according to its gravity.

"FIFA has clearly struck a big blow and has promised in its decision to talk again about the match when the decision is final and binding."

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