The Ghanian Football Association (FA) have made an official complaint to world football’s governing body, FIFA, over some controversial refereeing calls during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against hosts Uganda in Group E.
Black Stats of Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan had earlier called for a protest from his team and that prompted the Ghanaian FA to lodge a complaint with FIFA on the performance of the South African centre referee, Daniel Bennett.
The complaint lodge was confirmed via the federation’s Twitter handle (@ghanafaofficial), which said: “Ghana FA lodges FIFA protests over referee in World Cup qualifier in Uganda.”
1. For Immediate Release – 7th October, 2017
Ghana FA lodges FIFA protests over referee in World Cup qualifier in Uganda. pic.twitter.com/OtdrPAmZXP
— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) October 7, 2017
The Ghanaian FA have lodged the complaint mainly because of two Thomas Partey goals disallowed by the centre referee. The Atletico Madrid star headed in from a corner kick in the first half but it was disallowed after the assistant referee raised his flag.
The second goal disallowed was in the 94th minute when the midfielder latched onto a rebound from a shot from distance but his strike was again rules out for offside.
Ghana needed the win to stay alive in their Group but were dealt a huge blow with the goalless draw ahead of group leaders Egypt’s away trip to Congo on Sunday evening.
A win for Egypt would be enough to seal the Pharaohs’ passage to next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
An earlier case involving the award of a controversial penalty from disgraced Ghanaian referee Lamptey during a World Cup qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal in Group D led to a complaint being lodged by the latter.
The penalty awarded to South Africa was clearly an illegitimate one and that prompted the football body to give the aforementioned Lamptey a lifetime ban while a replay of the fixture was also scheduled for next month.
The Ghanaian FA would be hoping for the same replay verdict from FIFA after they officially lodged a complaint.