FIFA has recently published the motivated arbitral award of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirming the lifetime ban imposed by FIFA’s Disciplinary and Appeal Committees on Ghanaian match official Joseph Odartei Lamptey.
FIFA’s judicial bodies had previously banned Mr Lamptey for life under the FIFA Disciplinary Code for unlawfully influencing match results during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12th November 2016.
In its ruling, CAS concluded that Mr Lamptey had intentionally taken two wrong decisions for the sole purpose of enabling a specific number of goals to be scored that would make pertinent bets successful. CAS concluded there was an obvious link between these intentionally wrong decisions and a deviation from an expected betting pattern. Mr Lamptey was consequently found guilty of having unlawfully influenced the result of the match.
Starlizard played a key role in the CAS, reporting on betting markets surrounding the match in question and providing expert witness evidence before the Court itself.