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FIFA bans Ghanaian referee, Joseph Lamptey, for life for match fixing

*Aftermath of another match fixing allegation

FIFA, on Monday said Ghanaian referee, Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of unlawfully influencing a match result following South Africa’s 2-1 win over Senegal in November in the African Group D pairing for the World Cup.

FIFA did not give further details but CAF said at the time that Lamptey had wrongly awarded a penalty to the South Africans and suspended him for three months, Reuters reports.

CAF stated that Lamptey was guilty of “poor performance” in the match and “awarded a wrong penalty for handball despite the fact that the ball never touched the hand of the player”.

Thulani Hlatshwayo converted the penalty in the 42nd minute and Thulani Serero added another goal three minutes later.

Lamptey previously served six months ban, imposed by CAF, for wrongly awarding a goal during a CAF Champions League semi-final in 2010.

South Africa’s win left them level with Burkina Faso on four points from two games in the group with Senegal on three and Cape Verde on none.

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

Match fixing is seen as one of the biggest problems in organised football. Who had influenced Lamptey to help South Africa win the match was not addressed in FIFA’s statement on Monday. FIFA has a culture of always wanting to nip in the bud all allegations involving match fixing.

FIFA officials, who did not want to be named, told www.gongnews.net that match-fixing was uncovered following irregular betting activity.

South Africa’s Football Association (SAFA) did not respond on Monday to email questions about the latest match-fixing allegations.

The latest revelation follows the dying allegations that South Africa paid a $10 million bribe to help secure the rights to the 2010 World Cup and that officials were duped by an Asian betting syndicate over the results of warm-up matches before the finals.

Although, South Africa’s Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula, rejected the bribery allegation, the scandals have tarnished the legacy of the only World Cup hosted in Africa.

 

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