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South African Football Association release statement on Senegal game

The South African Football Association has released a statement regarding the controversial game. 

The match in question took place in World Cup qualifying group stages in November 2016. At the time, South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 thanks to a controversial penalty awarded by infamous Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey. He determined that Napoli and Senegal defender Koulibaly had handled the ball in the area, when it clearly had not happened.

Few days after the incident, CAF released a statement banning Lamptey for three months after the Senegalese Football Federation lodged a complaint against the referee. Only a few months later, FIFA banned Lamptey for life on both the national and international stage.

FIFA returned with another decision last week stating that the South Africa – Senegal game would be replayed sometime in November. Currently, Senegal sit in third place of Group D with South Africa sitting in fourth place.

On Tuesday, the South African Football Association (SAFA) released a statement regarding the recent FIFA decision.

“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,” the statement began.

“We have 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 overturn the decision, everything becomes null and void and SAFA will reserve its right to challenge the decision of FIFA to replay the match.

“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. 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,” the statement concluded.

It has yet to be determined when the match will be exactly with World Cup Qualifying continuing in the October and November windows.

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