FIFA ban international referee for life

Ghana's Joseph Lamptey took charge of the game between South Africa and Senegal

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An international football referee has been given a life ban from football after he was found guilty of "unlawfully influencing" the result of a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Ghanaian official Joseph Lamptey took charge of the game between South Africa and Senegal in November last year.

The hosts won the match 2-1 and were given a highly controversial penalty.

Lamptey awarded a penalty to South Africa, adjudging that Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly had handled the ball.

However, replays clearly showed this was not the case and that the ball had struck the vicinity of the defender's knees.

Lamptey has now been banned from "any kind of football-related activity".

In a statement, FIFA confirmed: "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.

"On the other hand, all charges against the Ghanaian match official David Lionheart Nii Lartey Laryea, whose behaviour had also been the subject of investigations, were dismissed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee."