FIFA General Secretary backed by South Africa FA

FIFA General Secretary backed by South Africa FA
Danny Jordaan, SAFA president

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 12:00

The South African Football Association (SAFA) are set to meet to discuss FIFA's decision to order a replay between Bafana Bafana and Senegal on Monday.

The decision follows after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold the lifetime ban of referee Joseph Lamptey for match manipulation which is being restaged.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan issued the following statement which read:

A statement read: " Ever since SAFA received the devastating news from the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Bureau that the Bafana Bafana match played against Senegal must be replayed, we have mulled over what we should do in response to this ruling from FIFA.

"We have considered appealing, writing to FIFA, employing legal counsel and doing a number of other things as a means of reducing the stress of South Africans following this devastating news. One of the immediate measures is that SAFA will convene an Emergency Committee meeting on Monday (11 Sep ’17) to discuss the way forward.

"However, during this time of deep reflection, SAFA has observed innuendo that besmirches the personal integrity of the FIFA General Secretary that has no basis in fact. We therefore extend this humble appeal to all South Africans, and our compatriots in the football community around the world, to conduct the defense of our right to a fair process with the utmost dignity and also preserve the dignity of the FIFA General Secretary whom we hold in high regard as the first African to hold this senior post in our world football governing body.

"We shall do our utmost best to seek all appropriate remedies in this case whilst according the FIFA General Secretary the dignity she deserves."

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