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September 13, 2017
Pay back the money

TOE-TO-TOE AGAIN: Bafana and Senegal

Safa demanding refund after accepting replay.

The South African Football Association say they are not cheaters and will accept Fifa’s decision to replay Bafana Bafana’s tainted World Cup 2018 qualifier with Senegal.

 But they have demands of their own, with Safa president Danny Jordaan saying they will request R5m from Fifa for the costs of organising the Senegal game last year, while he also revealed that they want a refund for the win bonus they paid to their players.

Last week the world football governing body announced that South Africa’s 2-1 Group D win last November was manipulated by referee Joseph Lamptey, who awarded SA a penalty for a non-existant handball.

     BANNED FOR LIFE: Referee Joseph Lamptey

And after an investigation into the matter, Fifa banned the official for life.

Jordaan, though, says Safa did nothing wrong.

     JUSTICE: Danny Jordaan

He explains: “If there is evidence that we have benefited because of a crooked referee, then thanks for the three points, but we don’t want them.”

Safa were cleared of any wrongdoing, with the Safa boss adding: “Fifa made it clear that both Safa and Senegal played no part in decisions by match official on the day.”

The rescheduled match is likely to be in the same week as Bafana’s November 6 away tie in Senegal.

The two sides will now play back-to-back matches.

Jordaan adds: “We met as the executive committee on Monday, and what is clear is that we don’t want to be recipients of match manipulation.

“We are faced with a moral issue here, and that trumps everything else. We don’t want to be associated with any sort of match manipulation.

“But we still want evidence that the referee did manipulate the match.

“We would still like to know whether it is fair to lose points when all of this had nothing to do with us?

“We were not consulted or involved in the process before the decision was taken.”

matthew.marcus@inl.co.za

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