FIFA bans former Nigeria head coach Samson Siasia for life for match-fixing

FIFA banned former Nigeria Football Federation official Samson Siasia after he was found guilty of taking bribes for manipulating the outcome of matches

Agence France-Presse August 17, 2019 15:59:07 IST
FIFA bans former Nigeria head coach Samson Siasia for life for match-fixing
  • The probe targeting Siasia stemmed from a wider investigation involving Wilson Raj Perumal, who has confessed to international match-fixing

  • 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 addition to being banned from all football-related activity for life, Siasia was also handed a fine of $50,000

Geneva: FIFA on Friday banned former Nigeria Football Federation official Samson Siasia for life 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 has confessed to international match-fixing.

FIFA bans former Nigeria head coach Samson Siasia for life for matchfixing

File photo Samson Siasia. Reuters

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).

Siasia, a former striker, also briefly coached Nigeria's men's national football team. 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.

Perumal later collaborated with match-fixing investigators.

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