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FIFA bans Siasia for life, fines him $50,000 for match fixing

Siasia for life


FIFA bans Siasia for life, fines him $50,000 for match fixing

World football governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), on Friday banned former Super Eagles Coach Samson Siasia for life from all football-related activity.

Siasia was banned after the body’s ethics panel found him guilty of taking bribes in connection with match fixing.

In a statement, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent ethics committee said the probe targeting Siasia stemmed from a wider investigation involving Wilson Raj Perumal, who had confessed to international match-fixing.

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The probe that began in February found Siasia “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 statement said.

In addition to being banned from all football-related activity for life, Siasia was also handed a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000, 46,000 euros).

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Siasia, a former striker, managed Nigeria’s national football team -Super Eagles, the men’s U23 and U20 teams. He was part of the Nigeria team that won the 1994 African Nations Cup.

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FIFA did not detail the nature of ties to Perumal, a Singaporean national who was arrested and jailed in Finland in 2011 for fixing top-tier football games there.

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Perumal later collaborated with match fixing investigators.


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