Fifa to probe Ghana vs Bafana Bafana penalty saga

South Africa crashed out of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in controversial circumstances and are contesting the result

World football governing body Fifa has confirmed receiving Safa’s complaint and says it will look into the Ghana vs Bafana Bafana penalty incident. Ghana edged South Africa 1-0 on Sunday to top Group G and send Bafana out of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Andre Ayew converted the penalty which was controversially awarded by Senegalese referee Ndiaye Maguette, prompting Safa to report the incident to Fifa and contest the result.

The world football governing body said it will probe the referee’s decision.

“FIFA has received a complaint from the South African FA in relation to this matter and will review it. Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.” Fifa said in a statement to The Athletic.

If Fifa’s probe unearths proof of match-fixing, the Group G final match between Ghana and South Africa could be replayed, while Maguette will be sanctioned.

But if the referee is found guilty of incompetence, he will be punished but the result will stand.

There is already precedence after Fifa ordered a replay of the Bafana-Senegal 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey had been found guilty of unlawfully influencing Bafana’s 2-1 win over the Teranga Lions through the awarding of a penalty.

Safa president Danny Jordaan added his voice to the latest incident, saying they are “angry” and they suspect manipulation of the defeat by Ghana.

“We are very angry, we are very upset. We will fight this matter until the end. That’s why immediately after the match we informed the match commissioners that we are challenging this outcome,” Jordaan told Thabiso Mosia on SAFMSportOn.

“We feel that this match was manipulated which carries a sanction of five years. What we have done today is that we’ve made a detailed analysis of the match. We have found that 89 percent of the wrong decisions were made against Bafana Bafana. It can’t be right.

“This is not the first controversy with this referee. The same ref was attacked in Tunisia because of a similar situation. We are also saying when a match involves a team from West Africa, you can’t have a referee from the same region.”

Jordaan demanded that the video assistant referee be introduced in all Caf competitions.

“We also raised the issue of VAR. Caf must now introduce VAR. We knew this is the last match of the group stage qualifying and there are many incidents that have happened previously,” said Jordaan. ©

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