FIFA Hands Ghanaian Referee Life Ban

FIFA has banned Ghanaian referee, Joseph Odartey Lamptey, for life after it emerged he was involved in match fixing. Lamptey was found guilty of violating FIFA’s disciplinary code during a World Cup qualifying game between South African and Senegal on 12 November, 2016.

He incorrectly awarded a penalty to South Africa who eventually won 2-1, the first of their goals resulting from the spot-kick. Lamptey pointed to the spot, ruling the ball had hit Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly on the hand. The foul never was as the ball hit the player’s leg.

“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.

“Further information concerning the South Africa v. Senegal match in question will be provided once the decision becomes final and binding.

“FIFA follows a zero-tolerance policy on match manipulation and is committed to protecting the integrity of football. As a result, FIFA will continue with its ongoing efforts to combat match manipulation through a variety of initiatives, which include the monitoring of international betting and a confidential reporting system with a dedicated integrity hotline and e-mail address,” FIFA said in a statement.

 

Ademola Aderele

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