Zürich – FIFA has on Thursday said it has banned South Africa and Senegal from further participation in World Cup and its qualifiers.
The decision was arrived after an emergency meeting held in Zürich to discuss a complaint lodged by a stakeholder on condition of anonymity on South Africa and Senegal’s match at Peter Mokaba Stadium on November 12 which South Africa won by two goals to one.
According to a statement issued by FIFA, the outfit has received enough evidence of match irregularities and has as such banned the two countries for 20 years from participating in World Cup and its qualifiers.
“Based on enough satisfactory evidence provided to us by a stakeholder, we have hereby banned South Africa and Senegal from participating in World Cup and its qualifiers with immediate effect.” the statement said.
The details of the irregularities were not mentioned by the statement but sports analysts have suggested a fixed match. “It could be a fixed match but I can’t tell how guaranteed they are to excel from their groups should they fix their matches” – Tony Baffoe, Former Black Stars player said on ESPN.