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    FIFA reject Zambia's complaint over disallowed goal vs Nigeria

    FIFA has written to the Zambian FA to say it it will not act on a complaint it filed about refereeing in their World Cup qualifier loss to Nigeria on October 7. The Zambia Federation had protested to FIFA over the performance of Botswana referee Joshua Bondo, who disallowed a goal scored by Augustine Mulenga in the 1-0 loss against Nigeria.

    FIFA has however replied saying no proceedings will be opened because the referee’s decision is final and there’s no evidence that he was manipulated by the Nigerian Federation or betting companies. 

    A letter by FIFA reads: "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. Mulenga (far left on the wing) was adjudged to have been offside. "Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal,” Deputy Secretary to the Disciplinary Committee Julien Deux stated in the letter to FAZ. 

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