Former Super Eagles forward and coach, Samson Siasia has been hammered by FIFA with a lifetime ban from all football activities for bribery.
The football governing body made this decision known on Friday in a press release on the organisation’s official website.
“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.”
Siasia has since denied any wrongdoing and says he will fight to clear his name.
According to Colin Udoh on Twitter, Siasia told him saying “I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA.”
“Siasia also told me -very angrily – that he was never invited to defend himself and is hearing about all of this for the first time”, Colin added.
Mr Siasia will address a press conference on Saturday by 12 noon Nigeria time at the National Stadium, Abuja.