October 10 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed that it has received Burkino Faso’s appeal challenging FIFA’s decision to replay the South Africa-Senegal World Cup qualifier but that it will not make any imminent decision.
After expressing serious reservations about FIFA’s order to replay last November’s game because of “match manipulation” by the referee, South African football chiefs decided not to appeal, agreeing to the replay “on ethical and moral grounds”.
The official in question, Joseph Lamptey (pictured), has been banned for life but Burkino Faso, who lead Group D of regional qualifying and are desperate to qualify for Russia, say FIFA’s ruling adversely affects them since Senegal, who lost the original game 2-1, are suddenly back in contention.
The qualifying competition is scheduled to end shortly but CAS says “no decision will be taken this week on this case.”
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