Fifa ban Ghana­ian ref for match-fix­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ZURICH: Ghana­ian ref­eree Joseph Odartei Lamptey was on Mon­day banned for life by world foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body Fifa for match fix­ing.

The Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF) had al­ready slapped a three-month ban on Lamptey af­ter he awarded South Africa a con­tro­ver­sial penalty in their 2-1 vic­tory over Sene­gal in a 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier on Nov 12, 2016.

“The of­fi­cial was found guilty of un­law­fully in­flu­enc­ing match re­sults,” Fifa said in a state­ment.

Zurich-based Fifa said they were dis­miss­ing charges against an­other Ghana­ian match of­fi­cial David Lion­heart Nii Lartey Laryea, who had also been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing the South Africa v. Sene­gal match in ques­tion will be pro­vided once the de­ci­sion be­comes fi­nal and bind­ing,” Fifa said.

“Fifa will con­tinue with our 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.” AFP

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