GFA’s Letter To FIFA Points To SAFA Complaint Errors
The Ghanaian Football Association have published their letter to FIFA, pointing out several errors in SAFA’s protest and calling it a “hoax” before asking for a huge fine.
SAFA have submitted a complaint to FIFA over their 1-0 defeat to the Black Stars at Cape Coast Stadium on 14 November.
The only goal in the game came from a questionable penalty, while Senegalese match official Maguette Ndiaye seemed to officiate very one-sided.
This alarmed SAFA, who accuse the CAF Elite A referee of match-manipulation and match-fixing, and have subsequently lodged a protest with FIFA.
The world football mother body acknowledged to have received SAFA’s complaint on 17 November and asked GFA to submit their version of events by 20 November before handing the case to their DC on 23 November.
GFA have now published their documentation sent to FIFA, calling SAFA’s complaint a “hoax and an attempt to bring the brand of the World Cup into disrepute and shame”.
Ghana’s football body argue SAFA’s complaint was not properly lodged because firstly SAFA’s initial complaint was only oral and not in writing, pointing to FIFA’s rulebook which states that a written protest must be submitted to the Match Commissioner within two hours of the match.
Secondly, GFA argue that a full written report was supposed to be submitted within 24 hours of the match to FIFA and SAFA’s protest did not meat the requirements of “Article 14(2) of the Regulations FIFA World Cup 2022”.
As a consequence, GFA “call on the respected FIFA Disciplinary Committee to dismiss the purported protest with a punitive fine and a huge cost”.
GFA also argue that the payment for the case was completed too late by SAFA and should have been paid within 24 hours of the match and again call on FIFA’s DC to dismiss SAFA’s protest.
Lastly, GFA argue their “SAFA did not provide any evidence or ingredient to support their allegation” and is asking FIFA to investigate on “fools errand”.
“The South African Football Association must not be allowed to shout WOLF and then ask for 72 hours to go back and check their eyes, now go and try and find a passing wolf somewhere else to come and show us,” reads the statement.
GFA conclude their letter with the call for “severe punishment” for SAFA due to casting “fake doubts on the integrity of the World Cup brand and the Black Stars sadly without any shred of evidence”.