Match fixing, Ghanaian Referee banned for Life

Shell Nigeria

A Ghanaian referee has been found culpable in a match fixing scandal between Senegal and South Africa FIFA . On Wednesday FIFA ordered a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed.

The match fixing occured in November 2016. the game was  won by South Africa 2-1 after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded them a controversial penalty.

Lamptey was initially suspended for three months by African football’s ruling body CAF for awarding a penalty for a non-existent handball”, with FIFA handing down the life ban in March.

News of the rematch comes as a boost for Senegal, who are placed third, one point behind Cape Verde and Burkina Faso in African zone qualifying Group D, with two games to go.

Only the group winners secure a ticket to the 2018 finals in Russia.

FIFA explained the decision to replay the game had come after sport’s highest court CAS had confirmed “the lifetime ban of match referee, Joseph Lamptey, for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary and Appeal Committees”.