Senegal launch formal protest over the officiating in Bafana Bafana match
Posted: 20 November 2016 Time: 11:20
Senegal have sent an official protest to both FIFA and CAF over the penalty awarded to South Africa just before half-time in last weekend’s World Cup qualifier in Polokwane.
The Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) said it had "expressed its strongest protest" over the performance of the referee Joseph Lamptey in the match last weekend.
A letter released at the weekend claims “the FSF noticed throughout the match scandalous refereeing decisions made for the benefit of the host team, which had direct consequences on the final score of the match, and the weakening of our position in the classification for the qualification for the World Cup".
"In addition, there were many serious foul suffered by our players which went unsanctioned as well as non-existent offside decisions against us. The referee had, against all expectations, tipped the game firmly in favour of the South African team, particularly the dubious decisions with which they got their two goals,” said the FSF’s letter.
Senegal said referee Lamptey’s decision to give the penalty came "in spite of our players’ protests and, more seriously, by over-ruling the better-placed assistant referee who had indicated a corner that the South African players were eager to go and take.”
The FSF also claimed South Africa's second goal was invalid as Bafana played while the referee had stopped the game for “an imaginary free-kick and was giving a verbal to the Senegalese defensive midfielder Idrissa Gana Guèye and captain Cheikhou Kouyaté."
The Senegal federation also accused security officials of making too much of a fuss after the game, giving a false impression that the match officials were under threat from the Senegal players.
It said, in the protest, observers, supporters and football fans "as well as all the international sports media unanimously denounced the flagrant lack of impartiality on the part of the referee."
It has requested CAF and FIFA open an investigation.