FIFA gives Samson Siasia life ban

The former Super Eagles player and coach, Samson Siasia, has been given a life ban by the world football governing body, FIFA.

The organization found Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federation, guilty of having accepted that he would take bribes to manipulate matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

The statement according to FIFA Website read:

“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.”

Siasia played 51 international matches for Super Eagles of Nigeria, in which he scored 13 goals.

He was part of the team that competed in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and won the 1994 African Nations Cup.

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