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Official Protest: Ghana want World Cup replay over officiating in Uganda draw

South Africa's Daniel Bennett was centre referee

Ghana have launched an official protest to world football governing body Fifa over officiating decisions one of which denied them a “perfect goal” in a 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Uganda on Saturday.

A release by the Ghana Football Association cited two major decisions in the second half of the game at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala a penalty call for a push on winger Frank Acheampong as well as a last gasp goal which got cut off by South African referee Daniel Bennett in consultation with his Assistant Line 2.

The three-time World Cup campaigners say these decisions as well as others (not cited) during the game leaves them “with no option than to ask FIFA to examine their performances” adding “The GFA respectfully asked FIFA to consider the possibility of a replay in order to serve  the ends of justice without fear or favour.”

The 0-0 result on Saturday leaves Ghana with very little or no chance of a fourth consecutive World Cup outing as they remain third in Group E of the African qualifiers with six points.

Read full statement:

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.

 

Source: Footy-Ghana.com

 

 

 

 

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