FIFA has handed a life ban from football with a fine of $50,000 to former Super Eagles striker Samson Siasia, for accepting to take bribe in relation to the manipulation of matches.
As a coach Siasia has coached Nigeria’s senior national football team and their U-20 and U-23 national teams.
He led Nigeria to the a second place finish in the U-20 FIFA World Cup in 2005 after winning the African Youth Championship, and led their U-23s to a Silver medal in 2008 and a Bronze medal in 2016 at the Olympic Games.
He was also part of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 51 year old native of Lagos played for Julius Berger, Flash Flamingoes, El-Kameni Warriors, Lokeren, Nantes, Tirsense, Al Hilal, Perth Glory and Zafririm Holon from 1982 to 2000.
He played for Nigeria 50 times scoring 16 goals.
In a statement released by the FIFA 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 Federation International of Football Association (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 article. 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.
He has been informed of the ban and when it goes into effect.
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