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Fifa hand life ban to Ghanaian referee for ‘unlawfully influencing match results’

FIFA have decided to ban Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey from taking part in any kind of football-related activity 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 a World Cup qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal in November 2016.

South Africa ran out 2-1 winners at the Peter Mokaba Stadium after goals from Thulani Hlatshwayo and Thulani Serero, but the game was shrouded in controversy.

Referee Lamptey was surrounded by security guards at the final whistle, after the Senegalese were furious at his decision to give South Africa a penalty – replays at the time showed the decision to be incorrect.

The referee’s performance was investigated and it has now been confirmed Lamptey was involved in match fixing, although his two assistants were cleared of any wrong doing.

Part of the official statement read: “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.

“On the other hand, all charges against the Ghanaian match official David Lionheart Nii Lartey Laryea, whose behaviour had also been the subject of investigations, were dismissed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

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

It remains to be seen what will happen in regards to South Africa’s win over Senegal, but what is certain is that Lamptey will not be refereeing again.

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