South Africa v Senegal World Cup qualifier to be replayed after referee ban

Fifa has ordered a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed after the referee awarded a penalty for a nonexistent handball

Fifa has ordered the World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed after the referee awarded a penalty for a nonexistent handball and was banned for life for match manipulation.

The game, which South Africa won 2-1 in November last year, will be replayed this November on a date still to be decided. It says it made the decision to order a replay after the court of arbitration for athletic upheld a life forbid for the referee in question, Joseph Lamptey of Ghana.

Fifa observed Lamptey guilty of breaching the rule relating to” unlawfully influencing match results “.

He devoted a penalty for a nonexistent handball against the Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly during the game in Polokwane, South Africa. Replays showed the ball struck Koulibaly’s knee and dropped to the ground.

South Africa scored the penalty and went on to win the qualifier for their only victory so far in the final round of qualifiers in Africa. A different result could have a big impact on the South Africa-Senegal group. Senegal trail the joint-leaders Burkina Faso and Cape Verde by a point.

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