December 9, 2021

FIFA confirms dates for hearing South Africa’s protest against Ghana

By Allan Damba
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The World’s football governing body, FIFA has set November 23 as the hearing date for the complaints lodged by South Africa against Ghana’s 1-0 World Cup qualification victory over the former.

Following the win, the Black Stars made it to the World Cup playoffs off a highly controversial Andre Ayew penalty, all of which, at the expense of the Bafana Bafana.

The penalty was awarded after Ghana’s Leicester City midfielder Daniel Amartey went down following what appeared minimal contact from defender Rushine de Reuck, who was booked for his challenge.

That, along with a number of referee Maguette Ndiaye’s decisions prompted contestations and protests, with a formal one to FIFA lodged in a few days back. FIFA, in a November 17 letter, confirmed the dates of the hearing of the case.

“We refer to the abovementioned matter, and in particular to the protest filed by the South African Football Association on 15 November 2021 in connection with the match Ghana v. South Africa played on 14 November 2021 in the context of the Preliminary Competition for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, African Zone,” partly reads the letter.

“Furthermore, we wish to inform the South African Football Association as well as the Ghana Football Association that the above-mentioned protest will be submitted to a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 23 November 2021 for consideration and decision in accordance with art. 14 (9) of the Regulations FIFA World Cup 2022TM, Preliminary Competition as well as arts. 46 and 54 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC).”

“In view of the foregoing, the Ghana Football Association has the opportunity to provide the secretariat of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee with any comments it deems appropriate on the aforementioned protest, if any, by 20 November 2021 at the latest, along with any document deemed necessary.”

If Ghana and the match Officials are found on the losing side of the case, it may prompt fines and other punishments but a replay is a highly unlikely decision, despite the South African side making calls to it.

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