Match to be replayed after ref caught match-fixing

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life for match manipulation.
Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life for match manipulation.

FIFA has ordered a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed after the match referee was found guilty of match manipulation and banned for life.

A penalty awarded by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for a non-existent handball helped the South Africans to a 2-1 win in November.

That result will be annulled and the game will be replayed this November, FIFA said, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the life ban for Lamptey.

FIFA found Lamptey guilty of breaching the rule relating to "unlawfully influencing match results" and banned him for life in March.

The referee failed with appeals to FIFA's appeal committee and now to CAS.

Lamptey awarded a penalty against Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the game in Polokwane, South Africa, when replays clearly showed the ball struck the player's knee and then dropped to the ground.

South Africa scored the 42nd-minute penalty and went on to win - its only victory so far in the final round of qualifying in Africa.

FIFA said the South Africa-Senegal World Cup qualifier would be replayed in the November international window, with the exact date yet to be decided.

Topics:  match-fixing world cup 2018 world cup qualifiers

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