Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been handed a lifetime ban by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), after his atrocious officiating in a match.
Lamptey was at the centre of a world cup qualifying game between South Africa and Senegal last year when he awarded the hosts a non-existent penalty.
Following disciplinary procedures brought against him, the world governing body’s disciplinary committee have found Lamptey to be in breach of Article 69, par.1 of Fifa’s Disciplinary Code.
The code is against a match official unlawfully influencing match results.
“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.” a release from Fifa read.
“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”
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“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.” the statement added.