Football’ s World governing body, FIFA has opened investigation on the controversial world cup qualifying match, between Ghana and South Africa, after the South African Football Association filed a formal complaint, questioning the penalty decision.
The South African Football Association filed a complaint to FIFA saying they are not satisfy with the outcome of the World cup qualifying match between Ghana and South Africa, in what they called ‘questionable decision’ made by the match officials.
In response to that, FIFA confirmed that it is reviewing the matter without going to the details of what the nature of of its investigation into the match will entail.
“FIFA has received a complaint from the South Africa FA in relation to this matter and will review it. Please understand we can not comment further at this stage”, FIFA said on Tuesday in response to a media query over the status of the complaint by SAFA.
According to SAFA, there was no real contact on Daniel Amartey by Mamelodi Sundown defender, Rushine de Reuck, which led to the penalty that was converted by Andre Ayew.
But according to ghanasoccernet, video replays show that the penalty was awarded after Amartey went down following the heavy pulling down from defender De Reuck.
The Ghanaian online website also revealed that De Reuck dragged Daniel Amartey with both hands resulting to the penalty.
Also, the video from Several angles clearly shows that the referee Maguette Ndiaye had warned De Reuck of his infringement before the corner kick and that he was closely watching the two players from two metres just before the corner was taken.
However the ‘ Controversial’ penalty was awarded and was converted by Andre Ayew at the 32nd minute. The goal became the Winner of the game as Ghana sail through to the final phase of the competitions.