South Africa agree to replay

South Africa agree to replay

THE South African Football Association (Safa) said yesterday that it won't appeal against Fifa's unprecedented decision to strip it of a victory in World Cup qualifying and order a replay because of match-fi xing by the referee, the federation said yesterday.

Fifa's decision on the South Africa-Senegal qualifier was the first time the world body ordered a game to be played again because of match-fixing.

The world football governing body had ordered that the qualifier between the two African giants be replayed after the match referee, Joseph Lamptey was banned for life.

"Following additional information SAFA received from world governing body FIFA, the Association resolved on moral and ethical grounds that we can not be beneficiaries of corrupt activities", SAFA said in a statement on their official website on Tuesday.

Neither South Africa nor Senegal have been accused of any wrongdoing.

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"SAFA's zero tolerance on corrupt activities within football are well documented and it is in this light that we chose to comply with the FIFA directive".

Thulani Hlatshwayo netted a penalty to give the hosts the lead after a contentious handball in the area. He determined that Napoli and Senegal defender Koulibaly had handled the ball in the area, when it clearly had not happened.

It meant he missed out on refereeing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in January.

The match in question took place in World Cup Qualifying group stages in November 2016.

South Africa has little chance of reaching the tournament in Russian Federation.

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