BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed that FIFA handed a life ban to Joseph Lamptey, the Ghanaian referee who presided over the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal on November 12, 2016.
FIFA Disciplinary Committee upheld that Joseph Lamptey manipulated the match between South Africa and Senegal. Thus, the Ghanaian referee was for life, banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level.
Mr Lamptey as decided by FIFA, manipulated the November 12 match by awarding a penalty to South Africa, hence, enabling South Africa’s 2 – 1 triumph over Senegal.
You’ll recall that Joseph Lamptey penalised Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly for handball in the game. Senegal Football Federation (FSF) reported Lamptey to FIFA after reviews authenticated that the ball touched Koulibaly’s knee.
According to FIFA, the decision to punish Lamptey was inspired by its zero-tolerance policy on match manipulation and the commitment towards protecting the integrity of football.
Excerpts from the media statement FIFA released in this regard read:
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to ban the Ghanaian match official Joseph Odartei Lamptey from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at national and international level for life.
The official was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par. 1 (unlawfully influencing match results) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November 2016.”
Adding that all charges against another Ghanaian match official David Lionheart Nii Lartey Laryea, whose behaviour had also been the subject of investigations, have been dismissed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, FIFA promised that it will continue with its ongoing efforts to combat match manipulation through a variety of initiatives.
The initiatives include the monitoring of international betting and a confidential reporting system with a dedicated integrity hotline and e-mail address.
Meanwhile, “further information concerning the South Africa v. Senegal match in question will be provided once the decision becomes final and binding,” added FIFA.
Reacting to development from the November 12 match, Abdoulaye Sow the vice-president of Senegal Football Federation (FSF) said:
“Today there are many reasons to be happy about this decision – a decision that will be remembered as being significant but will also warn everybody that they are being watched
“All cheating and stealing will be punished according to its gravity. Fifa has clearly struck a big blow and has promised in its decision to talk again about the match when the decision is final and binding,” Sow told BBC sport.