FIFA orders South Africa to replay qualifier

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PARIS (AFP) – FIFA has ordered a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed after the referee was banned for match fixing.

The 2016 tie, which will be restaged this November, was won by South Africa 2-1 after referee Joseph Lamptey awarded them a controversial penalty.

Lamptey was initially suspended for three months for awarding a penalty for a non-existent handball”, with FIFA handing down the life ban in March.

FIFA yesterday explained the decision to replay the game had come after sport’s highest court CAS had confirmed   “the lifetime ban of match referee, Joseph Lamptey, for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary and Appeal Committees”.

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

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