Referees in African international matches will now be paiddirectly by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the
wake of Ghanaian official Joseph Lamptey’s life ban.
Previously, referees were paid by the host nation, which CAF has
now admitted created an “ethical challenge.”
Lamptey was banned by FIFA last September after he was found
guilty of “unlawfully influencing (a) match result” when he
incorrectly awarded hosts South Africa a penalty against Senegal
in a World Cup qualifier in November 2016.
A CAF statement on Wednesday, following the confederation’s
executive committee meeting in Morocco, read: “Effective 2018,
indemnities of referees designated for CAF matches will be paid
directly by CAF.
“This historic decision is a materialisation of a campaign
promise by the CAF President (Ahmad Ahmad).
“(Until) now, the regulations required host associations to pay
these indemnities. The decision reduces the financial burden on
national associations and also eliminates an ethical challenge
because it removes the suspicion perceived between national
associations and the referees.”
South Africa won the original game against Senegal 2-1 but the
teams were ordered to replay the match following Lamptey’s
ban. Senegal won the replayed game 2-0 to qualify for this
summer’s finals at their opponents’ expense.