Former FIFA referee Joseph Odartey Lamptey has broken his silence on his poor officiating in a match between South Africa and Senegal.
Referee Lamptey was banned by the world football governing body for his errors that gave South Africa a controversial 2-1 win over Senegal in last November.
South Africa, who placed fourth on the Group D standings, are scheduled to host third-placed Senegal in a rematch in November, 2017.
Lamptey has denied reports of his intention to favour South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, who were the home side at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
“I deeply love Senegal and I’m sorry. I can tell you that I felt deep pain after having done such an injustice against that country,” Lamptey told Senegal News Agency.
“I really love that country. My mistake [in the game] was never intentional. That can happen to you in your line of work as a journalist.
“Right or wrong? It is truly a human error but never did I want to do something against Senegal for anybody’s interest,” he continued.
“When I came back from the match in South Africa, my wife kept asking me what I had done to the Senegalese people.
“I told her so many times that it was a huge [human] error that I made against a country I adore.”
FIFA has already ordered the replay of the said match after a on official report filed by the Senegalese Football Federation.