Ghana Football Body Petitions FIFA Seeking Rematch with Cranes


South African referee Daniel Bennett
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The Ghana football governing body, Ghana Football Association (GFA) has filed a complaint with Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) contesting the manner in which the referee presided over Saturday’s match between Uganda and Ghana.

Owing to the contested result, they want FIFA to consider a replay between the Ghana Black stars and Uganda Cranes.

GFA say that the decisions made by the referee Daniel Bennett in the decisive World Cup qualification game at Namboole Stadium were questionable. The game ended in a goalless draw. However, GFA claims a goal in the final minute by Ghanaian striker Raphael Dwamena was rejected.

Immediately the game ended, referee Bennett said the go was denied because time was up.

In a statement released on GFA’s Twitter handle later on Saturday, the body revealed they had “lodged a protest with FIFA over the performance of ref D. Bennett & his assistants E. Adelaide & S.Marie during the 2018 WCQ v Uganda.”

“The GFA filed the protest to 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 statement further reads.

They claim 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.”

Ghana Football Association has asked FIFA to consider the possibility of a replay “in order to serve the ends of justice without fear or favour.”

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