Sports News of Sunday, 8 October 2017
Source: Ghana FA Communications Division
Ghana has petitioned Fifa for a replay of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Uganda after South African referee Daniel Bennett disallowed a “perfect goal”, the football association has announced.
The matchday five fixture at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala ended in a 0-0 draw, all but ending the Black Stars’ hopes of reaching a fourth successive World Cup.
But the game was marred with controversies, not only by the poor pitch, as Raphael Dwamena’s injury time goal from a rebound was ruled out for offside, although television replays showed the FC Zurich striker in good position when Richmond Boakye-Yiadom let out a ferocious shot from outside the box.
Below is a statement from the GFA on the protest
Ghana FA lodges FIFA protests over referee in World Cup qualifier in Uganda
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has lodged a protest with FIFA over the performance of referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants Eldrick Adelaide and Steve Marie during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Saturday.
The GFA filed the protest to football’s world governing body, FIFA, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.
Mr Bennett and assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal.
The referee also denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second-half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box.
These and several other decisions by the match officials have left the GFA with no option than to ask FIFA to examine their performances.
The GFA respectfully asked FIFA to consider the possibility of a replay in order to serve the ends of justice without fear or favour.