Ghanaian referee banned for life

Doug Mendoza
March 20, 2017

Federation Internationale de Football Association has banned for life the referee who awarded a disputed penalty for South Africa against Senegal in a World Cup qualifying match.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said Lamptey was found guilty of unlawfully influencing a match result following South Africa's 2-1 win over Senegal in November in African Group D.

Charges against fellow official David Lionheart Nii Lartey Laryea were dropped after investigation.

Lamptey awarded a penalty to South Africa, adjudging that Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly had handled the ball.

Thulani Hlatshwayo converted the resulting penalty, which gave the home side a 43rd minute lead, the match eventually ending 2-1 in favour of South Africa.

With his suspension, the former referee is banned from "taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at national and global level for life".

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Federation Internationale de Football Association did not give further details but African soccer's governing body (CAF) said at the time that Lamptey had wrongly awarded a penalty to the South Africans and suspended him for three months.

A final verdict at CAS usually takes around a year to be reached and published.

The 42-year-old Lamptey joined FIFA's list of worldwide referees in 2005 but was never selected for a World Cup.

An worldwide football referee has been given a life ban from football after he was found guilty of "unlawfully influencing" the result of a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The decision to suspend Lamptey has been met with joy from the Senegalese side, who were left in third place in their World Cup qualifying group following the loss, with South Africa in second after two matches.

A penalty awarded late in a scoreless first half could raise suspicion by potentially triggering bets relating to the state of the game and goals scored at halftime.

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