Ghana: FIFA rejects Ghana protest against referee in Uganda qualifier

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - World football governing body, FIFA, says it will not act on Ghana's complaint about officiating in the penultimate 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uganda last weekend that ended in a 0-0 draw, the local media in Ghana reported on Friday.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) wanted the match against Uganda replayed, and also protested about South African referee Daniel Bennett and the referee assistants from Seychelles.

Accra-based radio station Joy FM said on its website that FIFA said "no proceedings will be opened around the World Cup qualifier match Uganda vs. Ghana".

GFA lodged a protest with FIFA over the performance of referee Daniel Bennett and the assistant referees Eldrick Adelaide and Steve Marie during match.

A GFA press release said it filed the protest to FIFA immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala. Bennett and assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute.

"The referee also denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box," it said.

"These and several other decisions by the match officials have left the GFA with no option than to ask FIFA to examine their performances.

"The GFA respectfully asks FIFA to consider the possibility of a replay in order to serve the ends of justice without fear or favour."

The result effectively ended Ghana's chances of reaching the finals of the World Cup in Russia next year. Egypt has won the group and qualified for Russia 2018.
-0- PANA MA 13Oct2017

13 october 2017 20:50:05




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