FIFA throws out Zambia’s protest on Nigeria game
World Football governing body FIFA has thrown out Zambia’s request for an independent review of the performance of Botswana referee Joshua Bondo who officiated the match between Zambia and Nigeria which the Chipolopolo lost 1 – 0.
According to a letter from the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, the Association will not act further on the case guided by article 15 of the rules of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which states that the referee’s decision is final.
“In this context, we refer your association to article 15 par 6, of the regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which clearly stipulates that no protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play. Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal,” stated the letter.
FAZ had written to FIFA to register their disappointment with the handling of the match by the Tswana referee citing Augustine Mulenga’s disallowed goal as one of the incidences in the game.
Football House had requested for an independent review of the decision as opposed to an appeal on the match.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga came under fire after he categorically stated that his Association was not going to appeal to FIFA stating that the rules guided that a result could only be overturned if there was evidence of malpractice by the referee.
Zambia was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup qualifying race after the loss in Uyo which fans widely blame the Botswana referee for a string of questionable calls during the match.
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