The Football governing body has officially released a statement after South Africa complains
World football governing body FIFA releases statement on Ghana vesus South Africa clash following a protest by the later.
The West African side controversially edged past South Africa to progress into the play-offs of the World Cup qualifiers.
Ghana narrowly beat the Bafana Bafana 1-0 following a controversial penalty call in the first half.
In an intense and crucial game, the referee handed the Black Stars a penalty in the 33rd minutes following a push on defender Amartey.
Making no mistake, Ghana’s skipper Andre Dede Ayew slotted home from the spot.
The Black Stars further held on to win the tie to secure their slot in the play-offs.
However, South Africa believes the penalty call was too hash and in effect have filed a complain to FIFA for a review and a possible rematch.
And in the wake of that, football governing FIFA has released an official document.
The document clearly stated Ghana has until November, 20 to respond, after which FIFA disciplinary committee will sit on the case.
The statement read:
“We refer to this above-mentioned matter, and in particular to the protest filed by South African Football Association on 15th November, 2021 in connection with the Match Ghana v South Africa played on 14th November, 2021 in the context of the Preliminary Competition for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 African Zone.
“Further we wish to inform the South African Football Association as well as Ghana Football Association that the above mentioned protest will be submitted to a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 23rd November, 2021 for consideration and decision in accordance with art. 14 (9) of the Regulations FiFA World Cup 2022, Preliminary Competition as well as art. 46 and 54 of FIFA Disciplinary Code.
“In view of the foregoing, the Ghana Football Association has the opportunity to provide the secretariat of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee with any comments it deems appropriate on the aforementioned protest, if any by 20th November, 2021 at the latest, along with any document it deemed necessary.
“Finally, for the sake of clarity, please be informed that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee will decide on the protest using the file in it possession (cf. art. 20 par. 5. of the FDC.”