Controversial Ref. Joseph Lamptey to miss Afcon 2017?

Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey is set to miss out on the 2017 African Cup of Nations, reports in Senegal suggest.

According to media outlet, the 42-year-old centre referee will not take part in the Nations Cup following a three-month ban slapped on him by the Confederation of African Football.

Lamptey has come for ridicule and serious criticism for his infamous penalty decision during South Africa’s 2-1 win over Senegal in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers earlier this month.

The Group D qualifier was heading towards a listless stalemate at half-time before referee Lamptey gave a penalty to the hosts for handball, even though replays showed the ball struck Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly on the thigh.

“Indeed Joseph O. Lamptey has just been suspended for 3 months by CAF, we have learned from a statement of the Senegalese Football Federation of which a copy has reached JOTAY.NET,” the report claimed.

Referee Lamptey has become notoriously noted for controversial decisions as he was suspended for 6months in 2011 by Caf for poor officiating during a second leg semi-final CAF Champions League clash between Al Ahly and Esperance. Joseph Lamptey and his team of assistants had allowed a handball goal by Nigerian striker Michael Eneramo in favour of the Tunisians.

Also in 2012, he was noticed for his many “errors” in an international friendly between Gabon and Portugal.



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