By Ben Church, CNN
The Ghana Soccer Affiliation (GFA) has emphatically hit again at match manipulation allegations made by South Africa after the perimeters’ World Cup qualifying match on Sunday.
In a rare assertion Thursday, GFA stated the South African Soccer Affiliation (SAFA) had created a “mountain of lies” after it had lodged an official criticism with world soccer’s governing physique FIFA, alleging match fixing and match manipulation.
The controversy arose after a penalty choice helped Ghana win the essential match 1-0.
The spot kick was awarded when Daniel Amartey went down beneath very minimal contact from defender Rushine de Reuck, with referee Maguette Ndiaye shortly pointing to the spot.
Jordan Ayew stepped as much as rating the penalty which despatched the Black Stars by way of to the ultimate stage of qualification and ended South Africa’s goals of taking part in at Qatar 2022.
“We want to state categorically that the allegations are frivolous, baseless and (lack) benefit and needs to be handled with all of the contempt that (they deserve),” GFA stated in its assertion.
“These allegations from South Africa Soccer Affiliation are nothing however a deliberate scheme and a calculated try and shift focus from the defeat, divert consideration from their failure to qualify for the playoffs and unjustly dent the hard-earned victory of the Black Stars.”
Referencing South Africa’s nationwide workforce, it added: “As an excellent sporting Affiliation, we all know that Bafana Bafana gave it their all however misplaced to a greater workforce (and have to be forthright to inform the South African public this).
“We want Bafana Bafana and our colleagues at SAFA higher luck subsequent time.”
On Wednesday, FIFA confirmed that it has acquired SAFA’s official protest and stated it might be thought of by the Disciplinary Committee on November 23.
South Africa requested the governing physique to research “wrongful and illegal conduct of the match referee and different officers, regarding match fixing, match manipulation together with corruption and bribery” after what it says was plenty of questionable selections all through the match.
A SAFA spokesperson advised CNN that it had been shocked by Ghana’s explosive assertion which it stated was “unlucky and distasteful.”
They stated SAFA had simply been exercising its proper to lodge an official criticism to FIFA.
In the meantime, requested concerning the nature of its assertion, the GFA advised CNN it didn’t want to make any additional remark however confirmed it might submit an official response to FIFA.
The officiating workforce has not commented publicly on the controversy as of but.
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