FIFA to probe protest by South Africa against Ghana


World soccer governing body, FIFA, will commence investigation into the last round of match between Ghana and South Africa at the Cape Coast sports stadium in which the home team won by 1-0, a statement issued here Wednesday said.

This follows a protest lodged by the South African Football Association (SAFA) to FIFA against the match referee Maguette Ndiaye of Senegal to be investigated over a first-half penalty he awarded Ghana in Sunday’s world cup decider.

The statement signed by Julien Deux, Head of Judicial Bodies (Adjudicatory) to both federations said, “We refer to the matter, and in particular to the protest filed by the South African Football Association on Nov. 15 in connection with the match Ghana v. South Africa played on Nov. 14 in the context of preliminary competition for the FIFA world cup Qatar 2022, African zone.

We wish to inform the South African Football Association, as well as the Ghana Football Association that the protest will be submitted to a member of the FIFA disciplinary committee on Nov. 23 for consideration and decision in accordance with article 14(9) of the regulations FIFA world cup 2022, preliminary competition as well as articles 46 and 54 of the FIFA disciplinary code.”

FIFA urged the Ghana Football Association to provide any comments it deems appropriate on the protest by Nov. 20 along with any documents deemed necessary.

South Africa, before Sunday’s match with Ghana, was sitting on top of Group G with 13 points and four goals while Ghana was second with 10 points and four goals.

The away team needed a draw to qualify for the playoffs while Ghana needed a win to lead the group.

Ghana was awarded a penalty after Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey was adjudged to have been fouled by South African defender Rushine de Reuck. Black Stars captain Andre Ayew scored from the penalty to give the home team the only goal of the match.

The SAFA on Monday lodged a formal complaint with FIFA on what it describes as “questionable decisions” by the match officials. Enditem

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