Ghanaian referee Lamptey banned for life from officiating

The official was found guilty of unlawfully influencing the match result after handing South Africa a soft penalty for handball just before halftime and allowing a second goal in controversial circumstances from a quickly taken free-kick soon after in a qualifying match for the 2018 finals in Russian Federation.

This is not the first controversial incident that Lamptey has been involved in as he was the referee of Al Ahly's match against Esperance in the semi-finals of the 2010 African Champions League, when he awarded the Tunisian side a handball goal, that led them to qualify to the final.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has banned a Ghanaian match official from soccer for life after he took part in match manipulation during a World Cup qualifier, the sport's governing body said on Monday.

However, replays clearly showed this was not the case and that the ball had struck the vicinity of the defender's knees.

Bafana Bafana won that game 2 - 1 courtesy a penalty kick in the 42nd minute which was converted by Thulani Hlatshwayo as well as the 45th strike by Caleb Serero.

Lamptey can appeal to the governing body and then the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Lamptey was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par.

According to a statement issued by Fifa, Lamptey would no longer take part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other), Kickoff writes.

"FIFA will continue with its ongoing efforts to combat match manipulation through a variety of initiatives, which include the monitoring of worldwide betting and a confidential reporting system with a dedicated integrity hotline and e-mail address", it added. Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, both former heads of the SAFA's refereeing department, were each banned for two years.

  • Julie Sanders