2018 FIFA WC Qualifier: South Africa not to appeal order to replay Senegal match

Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa have decided to comply with the order by world football governing body FIFA, to replay their 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Senegal in November.

South Africa, who won that match 2-1, said they has decided against appealing the FIFA decision on "moral and ethical grounds".

A statement issued by the South African Football Association (SAFA) on its website on Tuesday said that during the SAFA Emergency Committee meeting on Monday, there were two positions on the matter – whether to go the legal route since there are lots of unanswered questions from FIFA or the ethical and moral route.

FIFA annulled the result of the Group D match after determining that Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded a penalty to South Africa for handball but replays showed the ball hit Senegal's defender Kalidou Koulibaly on the knee. The referee has been banned for life.

SAFA said: "Following additional information SAFA received from world governing body FIFA, the Association resolved on moral and ethical grounds that we cannot be beneficiaries of corrupt activities.

"Therefore, we have decided that we will comply with the FIFA directive to replay the match against Senegal at a date to be decided."

SAFA said it, however, noted that the official at the centre of all this controversy has appealed his case to the courts of law and if the courts overturns the decision, everything becomes null and void and SAFA will reserve its right to challenge the decision of FIFA to replay the match.

"SAFA’s zero tolerance on corrupt activities within football are well documented and it is in this light that we decided to comply with the FIFA directive."

FIFA last week ordered a replay following the conformation of the lifetime ban referee Lamptey.

A statement by FIFA obtained by PANA read: "The Bureau for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers ordered a replay of the qualification match between South Africa and Senegal held on 12 November 2016. This decision follows the confirmation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold the lifetime ban of match referee, Jospeh Lamptey, for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary and Appeal Committees."

The statement said the match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.

"As stated in the FIFA World Cup regulations, this decision shall come into effect immediately but shall be subject to confirmation by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions at its next meeting, scheduled for 14 September," it said.

Burkina Faso lead the group with 6 points, same as Cape Verde with Senegal on 5 points and South Africa a the bottom with 4 point. The decision will mean South Africa have 1 point now.
-0- PANA MA 12Sept2017

12 september 2017 09:49:53

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