Match Fixing Forces FIFA to Order Replay

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Match fixing has forced FIFA to order Senegal and South Africa to replay a World Cup qualification football match between the two countries.

The countries faced each other in November last year.

The match official awarded South Africa a penalty for a handball in the first half, but replays show the ball hit the Senegalese defender on the knee.

South Africa went on to beat Senegal 2-1.

In March, FIFA found the official guilty of manipulating the match and banned him from any football-related activity for life.

Then, on Sept. 6, FIFA announced the two countries will replay the qualification match this November.

FIFA also said it considered “reports of irregular betting activities from various international betting … companies” in its decision.

The two countries are third and fourth in their qualifying group, respectively. Only the top team will qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.