The Burkina Faso Football Federation is considering legal action after FIFA ordered the replay of South Africa’s 2018 World Cup qualifier with Senegal.
Burkina Faso are topping the group with six point while Senegal are third with five points but with a game in hand.
The FBF have since released a statement, which reads:
On 7 September 2017, FIFA notified the Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF) by correspondence dated 6 September 2017 and signed by the Deputy Secretary-General (Football) of the said body, the decision of the World Cup Qualification Office of FIFA.
In the correspondence, the Bureau made the decision that the match between South Africa and Senegal will be replayed on a yet to be allocated day in November by FIFA.
Consequently, the correspondence continues, “the result of the match of 12 November 2016 is canceled for all effects”. The correspondence states that in accordance with Article 3 paragraph 4 of the regulations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, this “decision is final and without appeal”.
Following this notification, the Legal Affairs Committee of the Burkinabe Football Federation is currently analysing the follow-up to this decision.
The FBF invites the Burkinabe sports public to remain united and in solidarity behind the Stallions for victories even more brilliant and for a qualification for the 2018 World Cup.’
As such, if Senegal manage to beat South Africa in the replay, they will move to the top of the group and Burkina Faso feels their chances of qualifying to the World Cup will be jeopardized.
However the South African football Association are also considering an appeal to challenge the decision.