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Video replays show South Africa defender dragging Ghana's Amartey with BOTH HANDS before penalty award

Published on: 16 November 2021
Video replays show South Africa defender dragging Ghana's Amartey with BOTH HANDS before penalty award
Close video shows defender Rushine de Reuck pulled down Amartey with both hands

Close video replays have shown that South African defender Rushine de Reuck dragged Ghana's Daniel Amartey with BOTH HANDS which resulted in the referee awarding a penalty kick to the Black Stars in their decisive 2022 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

The evidence which has now been closely watched suggests that the Bafana Bafana player clearly fouled the Leicester City defender leading to the Senegalese match official pointing to the spot kick which sealed the victory for the Black Stars.

The video from several replay angles show that referee Maguette Ndiaye had, just before the penalty decision, warned Reuck of his earlier infringement before the corner kick. The Senegalese referee was closely watching the two players from just two metres just before the corner kick and clearly saw the South African pulling Amartey down.

Initial video of the incident was inconclusive which led to the South African Football Association (SAFA) claiming that hey had been robbed during the game at the Cape Coast Stadium which ended 1-0 after Andre Ayew expertly converted the kick.

Close video shows defender Rushine de Reuck pulled down Amartey with both hands
Close video shows defender Rushine de Reuck pulled down Amartey with both hands

SAFA raised concerns over the legitimacy of both the decision and the display of the officiating team from Senegal, headed up by referee Maguette Ndiaye.

But it is now clear that the penalty was awarded after Ghana's Leicester City midfielder Daniel Amartey went down following the heavy pulling down from defender Rushine de Reuck, who was booked for his challenge.

Bafana Bafana needed a draw to reach the third and final round of African qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, but Ghana won with a controversial penalty.

The Black Stars' narrow win enabled them to reach the African World Cup play-offs by the narrowest of margins, ousting South Africa at the top of the group on goals scored.

South Africa is well aware that the capacity for matches to be replayed does exist before have been shouting 'foul play' but with video evidence now showing that the player pulled Amartey down he could not coil back into their shells.

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