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FIFA says banned referee had six-year match-fixing history

Joseph Lamptey
Joseph Lamptey's history of match-fixing has been detailed in court proceedings.

A FIFA investigation linked a referee accused of match-fixing a World Cup qualifier in 2016 to "numerous publicly documented scandals" in the previous six years.

FIFA investigators said Joseph Lamptey of Ghana had "a history of being suspended for poor performances" before being banned for life and typically awarded more penalties than other African referees of his grade.

A common match-fixing tactic is for referees to award penalty kicks after non-existent fouls or handball incidents to help betting...

Ranking the prospects of Africa's contenders after World Cup draw

Africa's five sides learned their fates in Friday's group-stage draw, but what are the quintet's chances of reaching the World Cup knockout stages now that we know their opening opponents?

Here's how we rank the continent's representatives in light of Friday's draw.

5. Tunisia: The Eagles of Carthage appear to be the continent's weakest representatives in Russia next summer, and their slim hopes of reaching the knockouts weren't helped by a tricky opening group.

Had they found themselves in Egypt...

World Cup Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

The ESPN FC crew discuss the World Cup draw.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the World Cup draw.

Make no mistake: Group H is for hipster. This is an eclectic and very even group of teams with super middleweights in the form of Poland and Colombia and the not-to-be-underestimated in Senegal and Japan. It promises to be a load of fun.

Predicted finish

1. Poland -- There's more to Poland than Robert Lewandowski. This team has a very good spine in Wojciech Szczesny, Kamil Glik and Grzegorz Krychowiak and feels more complete than the rest.

2. Senegal -- Sadio Mane and Keita Balde...