South Africa accepts decision to replay World Cup qualifier

2018 World Cup Qualifiers - South Africa vs Cape Verde - Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa - Sept 5, 2017. (Reuters photo)

JOHANNESBURG: The South African Football Association won't appeal against FIFA's unprecedented decision to strip it of a victory in World Cup qualifying and order a replay because of match-fixing by the referee, the federation said Tuesday.

SAFA announced it would not appeal the order that annulled South Africa's 2-1 win over Senegal last November, but said that its “rights to sue for damages remain open”.

That raised the possibility that SAFA might seek compensation from FIFA, which it believes should take responsibility for the referee, who was appointed by FIFA's referees committee despite some suspicious performances.

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