World Football governing body FIFA have written to South African football federation(SAFA) absolving them from any blame in the decision to replay Senegal in a World Cup qualifier slated for November.
In a letter dated 7th September 2017 addressed to CEO Dennis Mumble,FIFA Deputy Secretary general Zvonimir Boban confirmed that neither SAFA nor FSF are accused of any wrongdoing.
FIFA has also offered to compensate South Africa FA for any losses incurred during the contested qualifier vs Senegal.
“Further to yesterday’s (6th September)communication of the decision passed by the Bureau for the FIFA World Cup qualifier,whereby the match between South Africa and Senegal shall be replayed in November 2017,and the following SAFA acknowledgement,FIFA confirms unequivocally that the disciplinary proceedings were directed exclusively at the match referee,Mr.Lamptey”
“Moreover,please be informed that we acknowledge SAFA claim for “cost relief” for the cancelled match of November 12 2016, and we would kindly request that you provide details of any incurred expenses not offset against revenues obtained for such match for review”the letter from FIFA read in part.
FIFA banned referee Joseph Lamptey for life after he was found calpable in awarding South Africa a dubious penalty in their win against Senegal in a World Cup qualifier.