Safa ‘baffled’ by Fifa’s decision on Bafana rematch

The international governing body last night ordered that a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed.

FILE: South Africa's Thulani Serero (R) celebrates with Keegan Dolly (L) after scoring a goal. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) senior counsel Norman Arendse has told Eyewitness News that Fifa’s decision to force a replay between South Africa and Senegal has caught the association by surprise.

The international governing body last night ordered the controversial World Cup qualifier be replayed after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of unlawfully influencing the match.

Arendse says he was under the impression that the referee would suffer the consequences, not Bafana Bafana.

“We are not aware that the results would be in the balance. We were aware that the referee involved was at the centre of an investigation. We are baffled in terms of what Fifa rules and regulations were used to make this decision.”

The match will be replayed in November.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)