Siasia To Address Public Over FIFA Life Ban, Says ”He Did Nothing Wrong”


Under-fire former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has said he will address a press conference after the highest footballing governing body FIFA handed to him a ban from all football activity for life after being found guilty of accepting to receive bribes in order to manipulate matches.

The press conference is scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday at the National Stadium, Abuja.

The former Nigeria U23 coach expressed shock at the decision by FIFA stating he was not invited to defend himself. He said he will fight to clear his name from the bribery scandal.

“I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I have not received any letter from FIFA,” he told Colin Udoh.

Siasia who led Nigeria U20 and Nigeria U23 teams to second-place finishes at the 2015 Fifa U20 World Cup and the 2008 Beijing Olympics was also fined CHF 50,000.

According to the world’s football ruling body, the 52-year-old breached the 2009 edition of the Fifa Code of Ethics after investigations began on February 11 this year.

“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,” wrote Fifa in a statement.

Article 11 of the Code of Ethics says: “Officials may not accept bribes; in other words, any gifts or other advantages
that are offered, promised or sent to them to incite breach of duty or dishonest conduct for the benefit of a third party shall be refused. Officials are forbidden from bribing third parties or from urging or inciting others to do so in order to gain an advantage for themselves or third parties.”

FIFA also imposed a fine of $51,051.66 on Siasia.

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