2018WCQ:South African FA Set To Issue Statement To Challenge FIFA replay decision

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The South African Football Association has confirmed that they are set to issue a statement to challenge FIFA’s ruling of a replay between Bafana Bafana and Senegal.

FIFA stated that there should be a replay of Bafana’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal which took place last year, November 12 in South Africa.

According to FIFA, this decision follows the confirmation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold the lifetime ban of match referee, Joseph Lamptey, for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary and Appeal Committees. In their letter, FIFA further suggests that the match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.

SAFA confirmed on their official website that they have intentions of challenging the decision,SAFA’s statement read:“SAFA is studying the contents of the report and will issue a statement on intentions to challenge that decision.”

“SAFA wishes to also state categorically that it was in no way involved with any wrongdoing related to the actions of the referee, as stated in the FIFA report.”

“In the meantime, all issues related to this matter will be handled by Senior Counsel, Mr Norman Arendse.” 

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