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Ex- South African referee Errol Sweeney advises SAFA to protest Ghana penalty Featured

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Retired FIFA referee Dr Errol Sweeney has advised the South African Football Association to protest the penalty decision which dashed South Africa hopes of progressing to the playoffs of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana were knocked out of the qualification race after their 1-0 defeat against Ghana in the last fixture of the group stage.


Sweeney, who is undoubtedly one of the most notorious referees in South African sporting history enjoyed a career with the whistle which spanned over 25-years period, says he was surprised by the match official's performance.

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However, he believes the penalty kick was a dubious one, and stated that questions and answers should be raised and given of his decision to award the penalty in Ghana's favour.


"The problem as I see it here is that the Ghanaian player doesn't appear to have been touched by the South African player and just falls down," Sweeney tells South African tabloid KickOff.


"You can almost see by the over exaggerated falling down that he hadn't been touched.


"I have seen my dear grandmother who was a small old woman, God bless her, if she was pushed or shoved by anybody in the street like that, there's no way she would have gone down, and the referee was right on the edge of the penalty area and looking straight at it.


"The only thing I could think of – and I'm trying to be fair and objective here – is that maybe he saw that the South African player had pushed the Ghanaian player in the back, or maybe that the South African player was pulling the Ghanaian player's shirt.


"That would be the only reason to give a penalty in that instance, but there was no foul or tackle and there was no pushing from what I could see, so I really don't know,” he concluded.


The Black Stars won after Andre Ayew – who earned his 100th cap scored the all important penalty in the 33rd minute which was was very much-needed.


The decision to award Ghana a penalty by Senegalese referee Maguette N'Diaye, who consider Rushine De Reuck to have fouled Daniel Amartey in the box.


Excerpts of the match shows that the contact between De Reuck and the Leicester City man was slightest.


N'Diaye's decision has flared tempers high with the South African FA, who on Monday confirmed that an official complaint had been lodged following the match.


By: Pascal Nii Gogo Amoah

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