FIFA has ordered a replay of the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal after the referee was found to have influenced the results.

In March 2017, FIFA found that the Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was guilty of unlawfully influencing the result of the match played on 12 November 2016 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. The referee was given a lifetime ban.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the lifetime ban of Mr Lamptey, for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary and Appeal Committees

FIFA said the disciplinary decision of 15 March 2017, took into consideration a sporting analysis of the match as well as reports of irregular betting activities from various international betting monitoring companies.

South Africa won the match 2-1 with one goal coming from a penalty that was awarded by Referee Mr Lamptey for a non-existed handball inside the box.

According to FIFA, neither South Africa nor Senegal were involved in the manipulation of the match’s result.

The match will be replayed in the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.

Written by: Diski Voice