Following FIFA’s order that the 2018 World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed, group leaders Burkina Faso are appealing the decision.
The world football governing body had ordered that the qualifier between the two African giants be replayed after the match referee, Joseph Lamptey was banned for life.
South Africa, occupying the bottom of the qualifying Group D, won the original match 2-1 and decided against appealing the order by FIFA.
But Burkina Faso, who are currently top of the group ahead of Cape Verde on goal difference, are opposing the decision which they say is “tainted by abuse of power and irrelevant to the texts of the international football authority.”
In the statement, the Burkinabe football federation said it “relies on its declaration to appeal to the respect of the virtues of football, and invites the Burkinabe sports public to the serenity and the mobilization around the Stallions.”
With just two qualifying matches left in the race to Russia, Senegal, who are on four points – two behind the leaders – have the chance to top the group if they win the replayed match.
And with only the group winners qualifying for the World Cup in Russia, Burkina Faso would be hoping their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) be heard.
The match is due to be replayed in the November 2017 international window.
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