The Burkina Faso Football Federation plans to sue FIFA over its decision to order a replay of the 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Senegal.
The federation released a statement saying that it is currently “analysing the follow-up to this decision” that could heavily impact its chances of qualifying for the World Cup to be hosted in Russia.
The decision to replay the match follows the confirmation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold the lifetime ban of match referee, Joseph Lamptey (pictured), for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary and Appeal Committees.
The match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date still to be confirmed.
The statement read: (translated from French)
FBF PRESS RELEASE IN CONNECTION WITH FIFA’S DECISION
On 7 September 2017, FIFA notified the Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF) by correspondence dated 6 September 2017 and signed by the Deputy Secretary-General (Football) of the said body, the decision of the World Cup Qualification Office of FIFA.
In the correspondence, the Bureau made the decision that the match between South Africa and Senegal will be replayed on a yet to be allocated day in November by FIFA.
Consequently, the correspondence continues, “the result of the match of 12 November 2016 is canceled for all effects”. The correspondence states that in accordance with Article 3 paragraph 4 of the regulations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, this “decision is final and without appeal”.
Following this notification, the Legal Affairs Committee of the Burkinabe Football Federation is currently analyzing the follow-up to this decision.
The FBF invites the Burkinabe sports public to remain united and in solidarity behind the Stallions for victories even more brilliant and for a qualification for the 2018 World Cup.