SAFA don't have a chance


Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey says it was always going to be difficult for the protest lodged by SAFA for alleged match manipulation to be upheld by FIFA.

SAFA had appealed the defeat by Bafana Bafana in a Group G World Cup qualifier to Ghana after the controversial decisions by Senegalese referee Ndiaye Maguette.

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FIFA on Friday dismissed SAFA's protest as inadmissible to end any hopes of Bafana reaching the 2022 World Cup.

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"I told you, it's very difficult to overturn a referee's decision," Tovey tells 

"Unless you can prove he has taken a bribe you will not get that decision in your favour.

"It's extremely difficult to get a ruling on the referee's decision unless you can prove he has taken a bribe.

"I can't advise SAFA, I'm not in a position to do that and Danny Jordaan is clued up enough as he is part of Fifa. 

"What I think, is that they don't have a chance with an appeal. It's very seldom you get a favourable decision unless you can prove they have taken a bribe.

"But even with the bad decisions of the referee, you can't change the results. 

"However the referee could still be punished for his bad decisions by not being chosen to officiate in the Afcon or even the 2022 World Cup.

"But for Bafana Bafana and SAFA, the decision will not be overturned."

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