Ghana lodge complaint with FIFA against referee of Uganda game in the WC qualifiers

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Oct 2017

The Ghana Football Association has requested an investigation into refereeing decisions and a possible replay of the game against Uganda

Uganda's midfielder Moses Oloya (L) challenges Ghana's midfielder Frank Acheampong during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Uganda in Port-Gentil on January 17, 2017 (Photo: AFP)

Ghana have lodged a complaint with FIFA against South African referee Daniel Bennett over his performance during the goalless draw with Uganda in the fifth round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Saturday in Kampala, the Ghana Football Association announced.

The goalless draw between Ghana and Uganda gave Group E leaders Egypt a golden chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia with a match to spare.

The match witnessed hugely controversial refereeing decisions, with Ghana denied what seemed two legitimate goals and a clear penalty.

If Ghana had won against Uganda, they would now be in second place in Group E, with eight points to Egypt's nine.

Following that match, Egypt now need a home win over last-place Congo in Alexandria to book a World Cup berth, going up against Ghana in the final match of Group E.

"The GFA filed the protest to football's world governing body, FIFA, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala," read a statement on the official GFA website.

"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," the statement added.

"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."

Egypt are currently top of Group E on nine points, one ahead of second-place Uganda and three clear of third-place Ghana.

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