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Joseph Lamptey Ghanaian referee banned for life by FIFA for manipulating World Cup qualifier

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Renowned Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey, who last November experienced continent-wide mocking after making questionable calls in a World Cup qualifier involving South Africa and Senegal, has been banned for life by world football governing body FIFA.

FIFA said that Lamptey was being banned from “taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at national and international level for life“, after being found guilty of match manipulation, breaching Article 69 paragraph. 1 (unlawfully influencing match results) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

Referee Joseph Lamptey in the game against South Africa and Senegal


The match in question, which took place on November 12, 2016 in Polokwane, South Africa, saw Lamptey awarding what many labelled as a dubious penalty to the hosts, who eventually won the game 2-1 against the Teranga Lions.

In the wake of the incident, Lamptey, upon investigation, was banned for three months by CAF, African football’s governing body.

Lamptey infamously received ridiculing even in South Africa, the nation the benefited from his controversial call

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