Safa won't appeal Federation Internationale de Football Association decision to replay World Cup qualifier

Safa president Danny Jordaan and Advocate Norman Arendse

Safa president Danny Jordaan and Advocate Norman Arendse

South Africa will not appeal FIFA's decision to have their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal replayed after accepting the verdict "on ethical and moral grounds".

The win against Senegal, which was previous Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba's last game in charge, had been South Africa's only victory to date in Group D.

South Africa won the game 2-1 but the bigger picture is that Senegal are only a point behind Burkina Faso after four qualifiers, prompting the Burkino Faso FA (FBF) to issue a strongly worded condemnation of FIFA's ruling, describing it as "illegal".

After the incident with a few days, CAF released a statement banning Lamptey for three months after the Senegalese Football Federation lodged a complaint against the referee.

SAFA has now said it will not appeal but this could change if Lamptey is successful with any further legal challenges.

"Therefore, we agree with Federation Internationale de Football Association that the match must be replayed", the Safa president said.

"During the SAFA Emergency Committee meeting on Monday, there were two positions on the matter - whether to go the legal route since there are lots of unanswered questions from Federation Internationale de Football Association or the ethical and moral route". He determined that Napoli and Senegal defender Koulibaly had handled the ball in the area, when it clearly had not happened.

SAFA considered challenging the decision but have decided otherwise.

It meant he missed out on refereeing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in January.

Burkina Faso top the group with six points, just ahead of island nation Cape Verde on goal difference, with only the group winners qualifying for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The match in question took place in World Cup Qualifying group stages in November 2016.

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