Ghanaian referee, Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life for match manipulation in a World Cup qualifier.
Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, on Monday said Lamptey was found guilty of unlawfully influencing a match result following South Africa’s 2-1 win over Senegal in November in African Group D.
Lamptey awarded the home side a penalty in the 43rd minute of the match in Polokwane on November 12 as the South African side beat Senegal 2-1 in the Group D clash.
There were no appeals for the penalty, which was wrongly given for handball against Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly and converted by Thulani Hlatshwayo.
Senegalese players strongly protested the decision.
Video footage of the incident clearly shows the ball hitting Koulibaly on the knee.
FIFA did not give further details but CAF said at the time that Lamptey had wrongly awarded a penalty to the South Africans and suspended him for three months, Reuters reports.
CAF stated that Lamptey was guilty of “poor performance” in the match and “awarded a wrong penalty for handball despite the fact that the ball never touched the hand of the player”.
Thulani Hlatshwayo converted the penalty in the 42nd minute and Thulani Serero added another goal three minutes later.
Lamptey previously served a six-month ban, imposed by CAF, for wrongly awarding a goal during a CAF Champions League semi-final in 2010.
South Africa’s win left them level with Burkina Faso on four points from two games in the group with Senegal on three and Cape Verde on none.
“Further information concerning the South Africa vs Senegal match in question will be provided once the decision becomes final and binding,” FIFA said.