FIFA to decide on South Africa protest on Tuesday; GFA asked to provide comments by Saturday

FIFA on Wednesday notified both the South African FA and Ghana FA regarding the protest lodged by the former in relation to the 2022 World Cup qualifying match between the Bafana Bafana and the Black Stars last Sunday.

“…we wish to inform the South African Football Association as well as the Ghana Football Association that the protest will be submitted to a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 23 November 2021 for consideration and decision in accordance with art. 14 (9) of the Regulations FIFA World Cup 2022TM, Preliminary Competition as well as arts. 46 and 54 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC),” the world football governing said in a statement in which they copied both associations.

“In view of the foregoing, the Ghana Football Association has the opportunity to provide the secretariat of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee with any comments it deems appropriate on the aforementioned protest, if any, by 20 November 2021 at the latest, along with any document deemed necessary.”

“Finally, for the sake of clarity, please be informed that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee will decide on the protest using the file in its possession (cf. art. 20 par. 5 of the FDC).”

South Africa filed the protest following their defeat to Ghana in the crucial match played at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday night.

South Africa say they were ‘robbed’ as they were beaten 1-0, with the Ghana goal coming via a contentious penalty in the 33rd minute.

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Ghana were awarded the penalty after Senegalese Ndiaye Maguette adjudged Daniel Amartey to have been fouled in the South African box.

Ayew stepped up and scored to take Black Stars through, much to the dismay of Bafana Bafana who needed just a point to qualify.

South Africa are seeking a replay of the match and the referee being banned.