Former Ghana Premier League referee Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoe says Joseph Lamptey's life ban by FIFA is a bad omen for match officials in the country.
Lamptey was found guilty of of breaching art. 69 par. 1 (unlawfully influencing match results) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November 2016.
Tagoe-Quarcoe says the trickle down effect of Lamptey's ban could be severe for his colleagues in the country.
''Its a misfortune because to err is human so I was expecting that they will temper justice with mercy but its unfortunate that he is been banned,'' she told Accra-based Starr FM.
''Its really going to affect our Referees and tarnish the image of Ghana football ad refereeing as well and it will affect us in our selection to these international matches.
“When I was there, I managed to attend some international games but with development,if will affect every FIFA Referee we have in Ghana.''