November 29, 2021


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CAS reduces Samson Siasia’s life ban to 5 years

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has reduced the life ban slammed on a former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia to five years following his appeal against the decision by the Adjudicatory Chamber of FIFA on 11 April 2019.

It will be recalled Siasia was found guilty of infringement of article 1 (bribery) of the 2009 FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned with a life ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) and a fine of CHF 50,000 (N22.3m) was imposed on him.

In 2010, a match fixer tried to involve Siasia as a coach of a club under his strict instructions. With the promise of employment benefits, Siasia would have had to always field several players under the control of the match fixer, an allegation he had in the past refuted.

When contacted to react to the decision by CAS, Siasia said he could not give more details immediately.

“I can’t talk now. I need to talk to my lawyers first before I will know what to do or say. I am waiting to hear from my lawyers,” he said in a message.