According Business Day, Fifa legal experts are meeting on Thursday to examine their regulations to decide whether South Africa’s World Cup qualifier against Senegal should be replayed after the Ghanaian referee was found guilty of fixing the outcome of the game.
Shock waves reverberated at the start of the week, when Fifa said its disciplinary committee had banned Joseph Lamptey of Ghana for manipulating the result of the match.
World football’s governing body said Lamptey was banned for life from any form of football activity be it administration, sports or any other in the harshest sentence it can impose.
He had been found guilty of unlawfully influencing the match result when SA beat Senegal 2-1 in their Group D qualifier at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in November 2016.
Fifa’s statement on Monday said more details would be made available once the decision was bindingâ€š in other words once Lamptey has exhausted any appeals he might consider, although he is unlikely to do so.
Fifa insiders told Business Day they had been alerted to the possibility of match fixing by irregular betting patterns, so investigated the match officials.
Lamptey had already been suspended by the Confederation of African Football and removed from the panel to officiate at the 2017 Africa Nations Cup finals for his poor performance in the game in which SA were awarded a soft penalty and netted a quickly taken free kick while Senegal’s players were still talking to the ref.
But that sanction had to do with his on-field performance and came without any knowledge that he had been paid to fix the result.