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FIFA throws out SAFA protest against Ghana

BY: Peter Sarbah
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FIFA has given Ghana the green light to proceed to the next stage of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers after dismissing the protest brought before it by the South Africa Football Association (SAFA).

SAFA had asked the world football governing body to investigate their final game against the Black Stars at the Cape Coast Stadium which the Bafana Bafana lost 0-1.

FIFA said the claims by the SAFA did not meet the requirement under article 46 of the Disciplinary Code as well as article 14 of the regulations of the competition hence declared the protest inadmissible.

“The protest lodged by South Africa has been declared inadmissible by the Disciplinary Committee as it did not meet the requirements foreseen under art. 46 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and art. 14 of the Regulations of the Preliminary Competition of the FIFA World Cup 2022," the ruling said

The SAFA also blamed Senegalese referee Maguatte Ndiaye for the penalty he took against and wanted FIFA to investigate it but the ruling did not mention anything about the referee which effectively has vindicated him.