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Referees Appointment Committee chief Eddie Doku labels JO Lamptey's FIFA life ban an 'overkill'

Published on: 20 March 2017
Eddie Doku

Chairman of the Referees Appointment Committee of Ghana Eddie Doku has described the FIFA life ban handed referee Joseph Lamptey as harsh and an overkill.

FIFA announced that Lamptey was found guilty of match manipulation in the World Cup qualifier where he awarded a dubious penalty for South Africa against Senegal in November last year.

Lamptey was earlier handed a three-month ban by CAF after the Senegalese FA protested vehemently.

But Doku, who is Ghana FA Executive and Emergency Committee member, feels the latest punishment for the Immigration Officer is an overkill.

''I just read the communique from Fifa and after reading it, I don't think that I'm happy with the decision of Fifa to hand Joseph Lamptey a life ban,'' Doku told Kumasi-based Boss FM.

''I'm not a lawyer but I know that you cannot punish someone twice for one offence and he accepted a three-month suspension earlier on by CAF so why another life ban? Is it because we are blacks?

''We have seen worse officiating in some of the European and FIFA competitions but no referee was given a life ban. I don't think it's the best.''

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  • Agyeman says:
    March 20, 2017 06:00 pm
    Shut up Eddie Doku, you people should have done better by disciplining these referees long time ago but since they were playing to your tune, you decided to keep mute. Have you see how far your irresponsible leadership has yielded? Do not try to make any racial comment the Bible says that "Spare the rod and spoil the child " you people thought you were pampering him but now have you see the end result? The next to be banned will automatically be referee Samuel Suker. Eyes are watching what you'll do to him for his abessimal performance yesterday during Hearts and Kotoko match in Accra.
  • Kojo says:
    March 20, 2017 09:27 pm
    Listen to this empty head. How can we have better referees if this man is the person in charge. And he thinks Joe lamprey has been punished because he is black. What an idiot!!!
  • Kojo says:
    March 20, 2017 09:28 pm
    Listen to this empty head. How can we have better referees if this man is the person in charge. And he thinks Joe lamprey has been punished because he is black. What an idiot!!!
  • George says:
    March 20, 2017 11:48 pm
    What the referee did is a reflection of Ghanaian society but we have buried our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich and we think to ourselves everything is OK but no. It's not