FIFA bans Samson Siasia for life

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FIFA has banned former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia for life. He has been found guilty of receiving bribes to fix matches, report. A FIFA statement released on August 16, 2019 also placed a fine on after he was found guilty in a case the investigation commenced since February.

Siasia has coached the Super Eagles was in charge of the U23 Eagles to the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The FIFA statement reads: “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Samson Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federation, guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

“The formal ethics proceedings against Mr Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes. This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.

“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Siasia had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on Mr Siasia.

“The decision was notified to Mr Siasia today, the date on which the ban comes into force.”

By Pius Ayinor

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