FIFA Bans Ghanaian Referee Joseph Lamptey for Life

FIFA Bans Ghanaian Referee Joseph Lamptey for Life

Federation de Internationale Football Association (FIFA) has just disclosed that Joseph Lamptey a Ghanaian referee has been banned for life for what it calls “match manipulation”.

The ban on the said referee results from a contentious decision he made when he awarded a dubious penalty to South Africa in a match against Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November which ended 2-1 in favour of the South Africans.

He had penalised a player, Kalidou Koulibaly for handball, but replays from the cameras stationed showed that the ball struck the players knee.

FIFA has stated that they will give further details “once the decision becomes final and binding”.

The embattled referee can now appeal to FIFA or take it up higher to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which is the highest body that is responsible for dealing in issues as such.

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Lamptey was reported to FIFA by the Senegal Football Federation (FSF), and the decision by the football governing body has left the federation satisfied.

Abdoulaye Sow the vice-president of FSF commended FIFA for the decision and said they are happy and everyone would be careful now as they are being watched.