Acting Chairman of the Referees Association of Ghana, Joe Debrah has described as unfortunate FIFA’s decision to ban referee Joseph Lamptey for life.
Mr Lamptey was found guilty by the disciplinary committee of the world governing body, FIFA, for breach of article 69 (1) (unlawfully influencing match results) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2018 World Cup qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November, 2016.
The ban results from a penalty he awarded to South Africa in a 2-1 win over Senegal. He penalised Kalidou Koulibaly for handball, but replays showed the ball hit his knee.
Performances of Ghanaian referees in the domestic league have always come under the spotlight and news of Lamptey’s ban has entrenched the perception that they are corrupt.
However, speaking to Class Sports, the former FIFA referee said: “It is a matter of opinion, as some may say Ghanaian referees are not good because the leader has failed the nation. Others will also be of the opinion that you cannot use Lamptey’s mistake to grade referees as a group. But these are opinions they have every right to hold.
“It is rather unfortunate a man of J.O. Lamptey’s stature is at the receiving end of such a decision. It is unfortunate that such a fate befalls our best referee and so many prospects ahead of him. We will sit him down, outline the issues that got him the ban, and decide on the way forward.”