By Chineze Ogugua
Burkina Faso Football Federation has challenged FIFA’s decision to replay the World Cup qualifying game between Senegal and South Africa because the referee was corrupt.
The federation filed an appeal on Tuesday, calling the ruling an “abuse of power” by a FIFA World Cup organising committee panel.
Burkina Faso’s federation acted after South Africa, who are in last place with one point, decided not to use their right of appeal.
This will be the first time FIFA will order a game to be replayed because of match-fixing though their investigation exonerated South Africa and Senegal for the fixing.
However, CAS believes that the referee was likely manipulating the match for a betting scam, of which he has been handed a life ban.
Burkina Faso still top the qualifying group on goal difference over Cape Verde with two games left but will see Senegal who are one point behind overtake them by the time they replay their match in November.
CAS is yet to set an appeal hearing date.