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Mixed reactions trail Samson Siasia’s life ban by FIFA



Mixed reactions trail Samson Siasia’s life ban by FIFA

Former Super Eagles Coach Samson Siasia has been in the news for the wrong reasons in the past few weeks.

First, it was the news of his mother Madam Beauty Siasia abducted by gunmen from her home in Bayelsa State on July 15 and just a month after, another devastating news hit the former Nigerian international, he was handed a life ban by FIFA.

While he is yet to pay the N50m ransom requested by the abductors to free his 76-year-old mother, Siasia was also slammed with $50,000 fine by FIFA.

FIFA on Friday banned Siasia for life from all football-related activities after he was found guilty of receiving bribe for match fixing.

Siasia in his reaction to the ban by world football governing body had said he would fight the ban to clear his name.

Speaking with former press officer of the Super Eagles, Colin Udoh, Siasia said he was never invited to defend himself and is hearing about all of this for the first time on Friday evening when the news broke on the internet.

He was quoted to have said “I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA.” 

The ban sparked mixed reactions among football fans and other Nigerians on social media.

Some expressed shock and disappointment at the news and sympathised with him, saying these are not good times for the former Super Eagles player whose mother is still in kidnappers den following her abduction a few weeks ago.

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Others, however, slammed Siasia and opined that he was truly guilty of bribery. They alleged that, as Super Eagles coach, he received bribe from football players before enlisting them in the national team.

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Trust Nigerians to always poke fun out of any incident, the good, the bad and the ugly incidents. Some social media users have also taken to Twitter to poke fun and share hilarious reactions about Siasia’s ordeal.

A Twitter user whimsically asked if the ban also stops Siasia from playing football games.



See some of the reactions:


The sympathisers:







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The frank reactions:






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The hilarious:






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