South Africa Accept FIFA Ruling, To Replay World Cup Qualifier

The South African Football Association (SAFA), have accepted FIFA’s ruling to replay the 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Senegal “on ethical and moral grounds”.

Last week, FIFA bureau committee ruled that the tie will be replayed following the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholding the lifetime ban of Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey over unlawfully influencing South Africa vs Senegal match results last year November.

SAFA, who had earlier considered appealing the ruling said in a statement on Tuesday that it “has decided on ethical and moral grounds that if this match was manipulated, we should replay it”.

“We have, however, noted that the official at the center of all this controversy has appealed his case to the courts of law.”

“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.”

Referee Lamptey was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code following South Africa 2-1 victory over Senegal in the World Cup qualifier last year.

“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 added.

The replay will now take place within the November 2017 international window with the exact date yet to be determined.