The Director of Communication for Ghana Football Association Henry Asante Twum has revealed that FIFA must imposed hefty fine on South Africa following the rejection of the protest between South Africa and Ghana. According to FIFA, the protest did not meet requirements under Art. 46 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and Art. 14 of the Regulations of the Preliminary Competition of the FIFA World Cup 2022. This paves way for Ghana to fully concentrate on next year’s World Cup play-offs.
“We hope there will be cost awarded in the verdict to be released on Monday. It was unfortunate for Danny Jordan to drag in the seat of government by saying that if we had lost the game there will have been socio economic implications. There should be hefty fine against them.” He said on Hello FM.
On Friday, December 3, 2021, the world football governing body communicated to both football associations about the rejection of the protest. Details of the verdict will follow on Monday. South Africa football officials have indicted a readiness to take further steps after knowing the entire reason behind the decision.
Aftermath of a World Cup qualifier between Black Stars of Ghana and Bafana Bafana of South Africa on November 14, 2021, in Cape Coast, South African Football Association came out with various forms of wild allegations about the game.
South African football officials accused center referee Maguette Ndiaye from Senegal to have made many calls for Ghana. Those calls according to them propelled Ghana to victory. South Africans also expressed dissatisfaction over the penalty awarded to Black Stars of Ghana. Black Stars defender Daniel Amartey was awarded a penalty after Rushine De Reuck pulled his jersey in the box, and Dede Ayew expertly converted. That goal separated the two sides.
Following an official protest to FIFA by South African Football Association, the former on November 17 directed Ghana Football Association to provide comments and documents about the protest by November 20. “In view of the foregoing, the Ghana Football Association has the opportunity to provide the secretariat of FIFA Disciplinary Committee with any comments it deems appropriate on the aforementioned protest, if any, by 20 November 2021 at the latest, along with any document deemed necessary.”
FIFA further noted that the matter will be referred to a member of the Disciplinary Committee on November 23 for consideration and judgement.
Ghana Football Association met the deadline as they responded to the protest, arguing that the case thrown out with hefty amount slapped on the South Africans.
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