South Africa agrees to Senegal world cup qualifier replay

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life by Fifa
Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life by Fifa

South African football chiefs have agreed a 2018 World Cup qualifying tie against Senegal should be replayed “on ethical and moral grounds”.

World governing body Fifa ordered the replay after the referee for the original game, Joseph Lamptey, was banned for manipulating the match.

The South African Football Association (Safa) had been considering an appeal but now says it agrees with Fifa.

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

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South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 in the original tie last year.

On Tuesday 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.”