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Sports News of Friday, 13 October 2017


FIFA rejects Ghana's protest against referee Bennett

FIFA says it will not act on Ghana's complaint about officiating in the penultimate 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uganda last weekend.

The Ghana Football Association wanted its 0-0 draw in Uganda replayed, and also protested about South African referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants from Seychelles.

Ghana's failure to win meant Egypt, which beat Republic of Congo 2-1 the next day, advanced to play in Russia.

FIFA says "no proceedings will be opened around the World Cup qualifier match Uganda vs. Ghana."

Ghana believed two goals were disallowed for incorrect offside decisions. Replays suggested a stoppage-time goal should have counted.

The request followed FIFA last month ordering a replay of a South Africa-Senegal qualifier played last year. Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was later found guilty of fixing and banned for life.