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20 March 2017, 09:12 | Pamela Mathis
Senegal lost 2-1 to South Africa and sit third in their four-team World Cup qualifying group
Federation Internationale de Football Association has banned a Ghanaian match official from soccer for life after he took part in match manipulation during a World Cup qualifier, the sport's governing body said on Monday.
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.
One his assistants, David Laryea, also from Ghana, had charges against him dismissed by Fifa's disciplinary committee.
Lamptey incorrectly awarded a penalty during a qualifier for the 2018 World Cup between South Africa and Senegal in November a year ago.
In the fateful game, the Ghanaian awarded a penalty to the Bafana Bafana for a handball by Kalidou Koulibaly, but TV replays showed that the ball came off the defender's knees.
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South Africa went on to win the game 2-1 and are now joint top of their qualifying group with Burkina Faso. The home team went on to beat Senegal 2-1 and is now in second place in the four-team group after two matches.
"I just read the communique from Federation Internationale de Football Association and after reading it, I don't think that I'm happy with the decision of Federation Internationale de Football Association to hand Joseph Lamptey a life ban, " Doku told Kumasi-based Boss FM.
An global 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. He did officiate matches at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
"Further information concerning the South Africa v. Senegal match in question will be provided once the decision becomes final and binding".
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 half-time.
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