S’Africa FA won’t appeal against W’Cup replay

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has said it will not appeal FIFA’s decision to replay their World Cup qualifier match against Senegal.

South Africa had won the match 2-1, but the Ghanaian referee, Joseph Lamptey gave a penalty for a non-existent handball and was later banned for match manipulation.

It however said it would appeal should the referee’s ban be overturned.

The match is expected to be replayed in November.

SAFA said it “has decided on ethical and moral grounds that if this match was manipulated, we should replay it”.

It later added: “We have however, noted that the official at the centre 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.

“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.”

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