Safa has no fears over the banning of referee

The SA Football Association has no fear of being implicated in the match-fixing scandal involving Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey.

In a shock move, Fifa on Monday slapped Lamptey with a life-time ban after finding him guilty of "unlawfully influencing the result" of Bafana Bafana's 2-1 victory over Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium in November last year.

This is the match best remembered for former coach Shakes Mashaba's rant at both the Safa hierarchy and media before he was found guilty of, among other things, gross misconduct and gross insubordination.

Mashaba was later fired.

Lamptey was initially suspended for three months after Senegal lodged a complaint with CAF over the penalty he awarded to Bafana, even though the ball clearly struck Kalidou Coulibaly's knee and not his hand.

Safa has previously been rocked by match-fixing scandals in the friendly matches ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. This led to bans for Lindile "Ace" Kika, Steve Goddard, Adeel Carelse, Leslie Sedibe and Kirsten Nematandani. But the mother body has distanced itself from the current matter, saying "it does not concern us".

"That is not our issue. It has nothing to do with us. We can't comment. We played the match and we have no fear of that issue. What happens to the referee involves CAF and Fifa," said Safa's spokesman Dominic Chimhavi yesterday.

There have been suggestions the game could be replayed, but there has been no clarity from Fifa or CAF yet.

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