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.''