Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been handed a life ban by FIFA for manipulating the 2018 World Cup qualifier between the Bafana Bafana of South Africa and the Terenga Lions of Senegal played in November last year.
The Ghanaian match official awarded a 43rd minute dubious penalty to the home side to break the deadlock.
The incident which was clearly not a penalty as many video angles showed landed the controversial Ghanaian referee into trouble as he was handed a three months ban by CAF.
Just as J.O. Lamptey was on the verge of completing serving his ban, FIFA slapped him with a hefty life time decision which will see him aborting his dreams of officiating at the highest level of football, the World Cup.
A statement released by FIFA on their official website read:
‘The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to ban the Ghanaian match official Joseph Odartei Lamptey from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at national and international level for life.
The official was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par. 1 (unlawfully influencing match results) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November 2016.’
Senegal petitioned CAF and copied FIFA insisting the referee manipulated the game for the home side and following FIFA’s investigation into the incident, the Ghanaian official’s career comes to an end.
Below is the video of the dubious penalty that is sending Referee Joseph Lamptey to early retirement: