FIFA ban referee Joseph Lamptey for life

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FIFA have taken a no-nonsense approach in banning Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey. For life!

The punishment means that Lamptey is banned “from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at national and international level for life.”

Lamptey was found guilty of match manipulation when South Africa took on Senegal in a FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier on November 12, 2016.

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South Africa won the game 2-1, but the penalty they were given for their opening goal raised eyebrows.

The other match officials that worked for South Africa v Senegal have been cleared of any wrongdoing by FIFA, so it is just Lamptey that is being punished.

FIFA’s statement is as follows:

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.

On the other hand, all charges against the Ghanaian match official David Lionheart Nii Lartey Laryea, whose behaviour had also been the subject of investigations, were dismissed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

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.

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