Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been given a life ban for manipulating a World Cup qualifier, the soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Monday.

Lamptey wrongly awarded a penalty during the South Africa and Senegal qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in November last year.

The Ghanian referee was guilty of unlawfully manipulating a match result following South Africa’s 2-1 victory over Senegal in Group D.

Further details wasn’t given by FIFA but African soccer’s governing body (CAF) said that Lamptey had been suspended for three months as at the time he wrongly awarded the penalty to the South Africans.

CAF expressed Lamptey’s guilt of “poor performance” in the match and “awarded a wrong penalty for handball despite the fact that the ball never touched the hand of the player”

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Fifa said in a statement: “The Fifa disciplinary committee has decided to ban the Ghanaian match official Joseph Odartei Lamptey from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at national and international level for life.

“The official was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par. 1 [unlawfully influencing match results] of the Fifa disciplinary code during the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November 2016.

”Fifa follows a zero-tolerance policy on match manipulation”

“Further information concerning the South Africa v Senegal match in question will be provided once the decision becomes final and binding.

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“Fifa follows a zero-tolerance policy on match manipulation and is committed to protecting the integrity of football.  As a result, Fifa will continue with its ongoing efforts to combat match manipulation through a variety of initiatives, which include the monitoring of international betting and a confidential reporting system with a dedicated integrity hotline and e-mail address.”

FIFA did not say whether the result would stand or whether it would order a replay.

“Further information concerning the South Africa v. Senegal match in question will be provided once the decision becomes final and binding,” it said.


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