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Ghana's Letter To FIFA Points To SAFA Complaint Errors? See This.

The Ghanaian Football Association has released their letter to FIFA, in which they point out various flaws in the South African Football Association's objection and label it a "hoax," before requesting a massive fine.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has lodged a formal protest with FIFA following their 1-0 defeat to the Black Stars at Cape Coast Stadium on November 14.

It was a controversial penalty that resulted in the game's only goal, and Senegalese match referee Maguette Ndiaye appeared to conduct the game in a lopsided manner.

This has disturbed the South African Football Association (SAFA), who have accused the CAF Elite A referee of match manipulation and match rigging, and have registered a formal protest with FIFA as a result.

The international football mother body confirmed receipt of the SAFA complaint on November 17 and requested that the GFA present their version of events by November 20 before referring the issue to their disciplinary committee on November 23, according to a statement.

The GFA has now released the paperwork they sent to FIFA, in which they describe the SAFA's complaint as a "hoax" and a "effort to throw the World Cup's brand into contempt and humiliation."

In their view, SAFA's complaint was not properly made since, first and foremost, SAFA's original complaint was solely oral in nature and not in writing, as stipulated by FIFA's regulation, which requires a written protest to be presented to the Match Commissioner within two hours after the match.

For the second time, GFA contends that a complete written report was expected to be sent to FIFA within 24 hours of the match, and that SAFA's objection did not meet the standards of "Article 14(2) of the Regulations FIFA World Cup 2022."

As a result, the GFA "calls on the recognized FIFA Disciplinary Committee to dismiss the putative objection with a severe sentence and a significant financial penalty."

Also arguing that SAFA finished payment for the case too late and that it should have been done within 24 hours of the match, the GFA has called on FIFA's Dispute Resolution Committee to dismiss SAFA's appeal.

In the end, the GFA claims that the SAFA "did not present any proof or element to back their charge" and that FIFA is conducting an investigation on a "fools errand."

'The South African Football Association must not be permitted to yell WOLF and then beg for 72 hours to go back and check their eyes. Instead, they should try and locate a passing wolf someplace else to come and show us,' the statement adds.

Finally, the GFA demands "serious punishment" on SAFA for raising "false doubts on the integrity of the World Cup brand and the Black Stars, tragically without any shred of proof."


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