Monday, March 20, 2017

FIFA Bans Ghanaian referee for life

World football governing body, FIFA, on Monday, placed a life ban on Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey after he was found guilty of influencing the result of a World Cup qualifying match.

Lamptey incorrectly awarded a penalty during a 2018 World Cup qualifying tie between South Africa and Senegal in November last year.

The ball hit Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly on the leg and Lamptey pointed to the spot for a handball offence that never happened.

South Africa eventually won 2-1, the first of their goals from a spot-kick awarded by the Ghanaian official.

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.

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

“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's disciplinary committee, however, dismissed charges against another Ghanaian referee David Laryea who was one of the assistants to Lamptey in the match.

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