Siasia appeals FIFA’s life ban

Former Super Eagles Coach Samson Siasia said on Thursday he had lodged an appeal against his life ban from the game by world football governing body, FIFA.

Siasia was banned for life from the game, following a match-fixing probe by FIFA.

Siasia, who spoke to NAN in Abuja through his associate, Opukiri Jones-Ere, said his lawyers had submitted an appeal against the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“Siasia has submitted his statement of appeal to CAS in Switzerland, asking the court to stop FIFA’s decision until his appeal is heard.

“He has galvanised all resources and the deserved courage to clear his name and unchain himself from the FIFA ban which hit him unexpectedly last month.

“He has also vowed to go to the end of his life to show that he is innocent,” Jones-Ere said.

On Aug. 16, FIFA said in a statement that the adjudicatory chamber of its independent ethics committee found the 51-year-old Siasia guilty.

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He was “guilty of having accepted that he will receive bribes in relation to manipulation of matches in violation of FIFA Code of Ethics.”

Siasia played 51 times as a striker for the Nigerian national team and later coached various national youth sides before his first spell as senior coach in 2010.

His case is the latest to emerge from FIFA’s long-running investigation into the activities of Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, whom FIFA has called a “known match-fixer”.

Perumal has admitted such activity in several interviews.

FIFA said Siasia was banned for life “from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international levels.”

Siasia was also fined CHF 50,000 (41,997.1 pounds).

The former Nigerian international was appointed Super Eagles head coach from 2010 to October, 2011 and was reappointed in 2016.

FIFA had in 1989 banned Nigeria for two years from age-grade football competitions over discrepancies discovered in the ages provided by the duo of Siasia and Dahiru Sadi.

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The ages were provided while registering both players for the 1985 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in the then Soviet Union and the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.

(NAN)

Updated: September 3, 2019 — 3:30 pm

26 Comments

  1. Fifa should continue investigating they might not gind him guilty of the charges
    Hopefully they lift the ban
    man need chop and foootball is life

  2. Wooow Fifa should forgive him because he already knows his wrong.

  3. Very nice information admin keep it up ………………………………………………

  4. Really ,since he has sincerely appealed, I pray FIFA hears him out

  5. His case is the latest to emerge from FIFA’s long-running investigation into the activities of Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, whom FIFA has called a “known match-fixer”.

  6. Siasia should always think of the consequences of thing before doing it.

  7. I wish him good luck and they should investigate on it very well

  8. Fifa should investigate this issue further.
    I wish him luck.

  9. Hmmmmm…………………………………,…………………………………………………………..,.

  10. you have the right to appeal man i see no reason for a life ban to be on you

  11. Siasia indeed needs to come out to clear himself from the alleged allegation against him. Else it would tarnish his reputation and image.

  12. investigation should keep on moving if not unexpected thing will begin to happen ,meanwhile good luck to the winning team ,congrats in advance .

  13. It will be sad if FIFA don’t lift the ban after all his hard work, FIFA should try and reconsider.

  14. FIFA should temper justice with Mercy. Giving Siasia a second chance is something the football governing body should consider

  15. The court should stop FIFA from banning siasia.because he said he is not guilty of the case

  16. I think FIFA should ban him,he thinks FIFA is a Nigeria body where you can steal and get away with it,with his ban it will serve as an warning to other coaches

  17. i think as a responsible man i like wjat he did so let the fifa investigate the matter well

  18. He as made a very good decision to appeal for the band let FIFA consider is groaning please

  19. It is a good move by Samson siasia provided he knows he is innocent. May God vindicate him

  20. I think Fifa ought to investigate this ban issue very well and life it seriously.

  21. Honest is the best policy. Nigerian should learn to be honest in all their dealings spcially outside the country.

  22. I thought this is a good idea for him to do and I knew if he is really innocent the case will go well by the Special Grace of God..

  23. We should live in peace, how long do we even have on Earth that we are killing each other?

  24. The foot ball governing body should have investigate more deeply into the issue

  25. Nigeria corrupt habbit is beyond to practice in Nigeria……….

  26. Good move by him.
    Fifa should investigate this issue further.
    I wish him luck.

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