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FIFA throws out South Africa protest against Ghana in 2022 World Cup qualifier

FIFA has dismissed the protest filed by South Africa asking for called a replay of the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana that the Bafana Bafana lost last month in Cape Coast.

The Disciplinary Committee of the football governing body ruled that the protest lodged is ‘inadmissible’ as it did not meet the basic requirements for filing protests.

“The protest lodged by South Africa has been declared inadmissible by the Disciplinary Committee as it did not meet the requirements foreseen under art. 46 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and art. 14 of the Regulations of the Preliminary Competition of the FIFA World Cup 2022,” FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

“The decision is subject to appeal.”

Background

South Africa made a “formal complaint” to FIFA after the match, appealing for a replay after a series of “questionable decisions”, according to the chief executive of their football association.

Ghana reached the African World Cup play-offs courtesy of their win, which came after a controversial penalty was awarded.

Ghana’s Daniel Amartey went down in the South Africa box after minimal contact from defender Rushine de Reuck. Referee Maguette Ndiaye awarded a penalty, which Andre Ayew scored to send Ghana through.

South Africa had only needed a draw to reach the third round of qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

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